Questions that are answered are derived from ELCA.org’s Daily Faith Practices.
Word of Life
1.) Staggering. To not find something where you know you left it is always a bit if a sideswipe, and decidedly off-putting and disorienting.
2.) Disbelief, I’m sure. Even the disciples had their doubts.
3.) The text of the bible study summed it up well. Genetics. We share a gene pool, in addition to a world history and a shared past.
4.) It can be incredibly difficult to talk about death. The idea of dying is a bit scary, and the sorrow we still feel for those we’ve lost can be intense.
5.) What would be said would differ greatly based on age. Some intricacies of the story, such as the complicated politics in place, just aren’t suitable to a child first learning the story. If it was an adult or older child I would take them through the story of Holy Week. Perhaps I would leave out a few details, and give them simply an overview, but there is a lot to learn, and a lot to know. It’s okay for a newly initiated person to take some time to come into full understanding of the depth of the story.
6.) Faith in the resurrection is difficult, but it instills death with hope, rendering a new beginning into the narrative, instead of simply an ending.
Word Among Us
1.) Here the artwork on graves is almost exclusively crosses and angels. There isn’t much creative symbology that I’ve seen. Though I don’t spend a great deal of time examining graves in cemeteries. My paternal grandparents’ gravestone has a country vista with trees and deer drinking from a lake…
2.) The angels that visited the tomb to tell the good news are about the only connection that there is…
3.) The empty cross.
4.) I like to try and encourage remembrance of the person alive, and share in my caring for them as they journey into the next life.
Faith Practices in Daily Life
5.) By being unafraid to with people a happy easter, even when there’s a chance they will not know the true sentiment behind those words.
6.) Decorations, color choices, caring for others, and honoring those who have gone before.