Our amaryllis continue to delight with blooms that add color to every room. They may not be very 'Easter-ish' but since they are here making my heart sing, I'm enjoying them just for what they are!
We have just about finished listening to 'The Luke Reports - The Life of Jesus', another wonderful radio theatre presentation from Focus on The Family. I have to say that is has really helped us to focus our hearts and minds on the life of Christ, His teaching, His suffering and death, and the sufferings of His followers.
As our celebration of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday approaches, I think this is a very good thing.
We tend to read those passages which record the early years of the believing church from the perspective of the relative peace in which we live and loose sight of the turbulent times in which the church was birthed. Listening to this excellent production has brought history to life in ways that reading alone has not. It is very dramatic, and might not be suitable for many young listeners because of the brutality of the Sicarii Zealots, and the Roman Empire. Our Storyteller (age 7 1/2) has in turns, been brought to tears, and burned with anger at the injustice the early Christians faced. We all have felt passion and compassion as the life of Jesus and His followers comes to life for us through these terrific recordings. I hope that we will remember to listen to these again each year as Easter approaches and many time throughout the year, as I am sure we will continue to be challenged by the Gospel of Luke.