Monthly Archives: April 2012

Finding Hope: 5 Lessons from Easter

Published on YourTango on 4/7/12

Lent’s end can be freedom to go back to the old – instead Easter points to hope for the future

Many things can bring you to the point of despair. Learning that your spouse has cheated on you; finding out about the secret past of a partner that was kept secret even from you; the sudden death of afamily member; the loss of your home – all of these events and many more can bring you to the point of despair. Despair is a natural reaction but is one that tends to take away any sense of hope that we ave.

The context of Easter is very much the same. Easter is the end of the Lenten journey many have been on. Christians remember that Jesus’ followers saw him betrayed by one of their own, falsely condemned and killed. They had devoted their lives to following him. Now, it was over and they feared for their lives. In the midst of this, they found hope and learned of his resurrection. What can we learn from their example when we too face a situation where we need to maintain hope?

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/finding-hope-5-lessons-easter-expert

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Sudden Changes In Life: 5 Lessons From Passover

Published on YourTango on 4/6/12

Our world can change suddenly, like it did on Passover or Good Friday – how do you find a future?

Many things can drastically and suddenly change our lives. With the economy, we all know people who were doing well (or at least okay) who lost their job and as a result their whole world changed. Another person’s life may be changed when their spouse is injured in a car accident or diagnosed with cancer. And for another person, the change may be the result of relocating to a new town for the promise of a great new life. Whether the change comes in the form of a welcome or challenging motivator, facing the changed world can be hard and it is natural to wonder what the future will bring.  Some will experience this as depression while others will experience other emotions.

In looking at facing a changing world, two religious celebrations happening at his time can give us suggestions. Passover (Pesach) is the Jewish celebration that remembers when God delivered the people from slavery in Egypt leading taking them to begin a long journey through the wilderness. Good Friday is when Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus which drastically changed the world for his disciples who had shared their Passover meal the night before. Both of these religious celebrations provide lessons of what we can do after our world suddenly changes and we are wondering if there will be a future and what it will be like.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/after-your-world-suddenly-changes-there-future-5-lessons-fr

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Conflict In The Family: 4 Lessons From Maundy Thursday

Published on YourTango on 4/6/12

Finding peace and wholeness in the midst of family conflict, by drawing on Maundy Thursday lessons.

If you are like most people, you experience some form of conflict within your family whether it is just two of you, involves children or even the extended family.  Sometimes this conflict can be  just in the situation, but there are also times that it runs deeper.  There are even times that trust has been severely broken and you do not trust whether another will live up to the support that they talk about or whether another will directly do you harm by betraying you.  So, what should you do when you find yourself in such a spot?
Maundy Thursday is the day in Holy Week that Christians observe the Last Supper.  The joy and praise of the entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday has faded (even quicker than we think about on Ash Wednesday) and Jesus is dining with his disciples talking about the end of his life being near.  These disciples are the ones who have journeyed with him for the last few years.  So what are the lessons that Maundy Thursday gives us about conflict?

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