Friday, 5 April 2013
Celebrate Life: Passover 2013
In a new series, Celebrate Life, I want to look at why celebration and ritual are so enriching to our lives, and how we can incorporate them in ways which are meaningful but manageable. This post is about how our family celebrates Passover.
In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
Because we are Abraham's children we remember the slavery of God's people, and how He led them from Egypt into freedom. In Easter week we remembered passover, setting the scene for the biggest 'pass over' of all, when the ultimate sacrificial lamb was given so that our sins might be 'passed over' and we too might be free from slavery. I love the Passover Seder; the symbols, the candlelight, the readings. It feels meaningful and important and exciting. It puts us in touch with our need for a saviour, identifying with a people in slavery. But how do we do it? Isn't it just a massive hassle? Where is the time to plan and prepare?
I'll let you into a secret; it wasn't as fancy as it sounds. Our meal was roast lamb and salad followed by healthy chocolate brownies. Not that different than we might ordinarily have. And the seder is a very short one that is written with especially wiggly children in mind. You can find it in the book, Homespun Memories for the Heart by Karen Ehman. It only lasts about twenty minutes but does not leave out the most significant symbolism. The most problematic aspect of the whole affair is sending dh out to buy Matzoh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you celebrate Passover? Did you blog about it? I'd love you to share your links via the comments section if you did.