As we approach Easter, many people take time to focus on the journey Jesus makes towards the cross. Our usual practices at this time are those of meeting together, and remembering together. We can’t do that this year. Instead, as we stay inside, for love of each other, we will have to do things differently.
Perhaps we can focus on an inner journey, something quieter, more contemplative. As we do so, we may find, as many have before, that we get to a place of deeper connection, more grounded truth, fuller love. We may find new meaning in Jesus’ teaching and example, of letting things fall away, of finding himself alone, of allowing.
In case it helps, I’ve gathered together some of the blog posts here that you might find help. I will add to it as more things occur to me, and as I write and update more.
Please feel free to use any of the resources you find helpful, and to share them, saying where they are from.
A little explanation about Easter Retold
The Retold thread of my blog gives you sections from my book, “The Bible Story Retold in Twelve Chapters”, and “Prayers and Verses” that sits alongside it. You can get hold of these through the internet, and maybe your local bookshop if they take orders for delivery. It’s good for all ages, and is used in family services and care homes.
The House at Bethany, the Raising of Lazarus
Many spend time with this Gospel story in Holy Week. It’s a story that means a great deal to me. You can find some links below.
Sunday Retold – Lazarus raised from the dead
Here you will find the readings, and some things to ponder, as well as one of my Mary at your feet poem. If you would like to focus on the poetry, you could go here:
The ‘Mary, at your feet’ poems – Two
The ‘Mary, at your feet’ poems – Three
This last also contains a contemplative prayer/writing exercise.
There are readings, things to do, things to reflect on, in the I Am series which draws on another of my books.
Jesus said, I Am – for Lent. Chapter 5, the Resurrection and the Life
Other Holy Week stories – You can find these in Chapter 11 of my retelling – both editions: The Bible Story Retold, and The Lion Classic Bible, which share the same text. The second of these has lovely illustrations by Sophie Williamson.
Prayers and Verses also has a section in Chapter 11 called The Road to Good Friday, which you might find useful.
Maundy Thursday – The Last Supper, Jesus washes their feet.
Retold: Maundy Thursday
Poem- Poem: Jesus washes Judas’ feet.
We also find two of the great I Am sayings in this narrative:
Jesus said, I Am – for Lent. Chapter 6 – I am the way, the truth and the life.
Jesus said, I Am – For Lent. Chapter 7, Vine
Later in the evening, when Jesus is arrested, there is a further I Am moment:
Lent: Jesus said I Am …… Holy Week, I am he – Jesus betrayed
Retold: Good Friday Retold
Now, we come to the new poems I’ve written for Good Friday – based on the seven sentences Jesus spoke from the cross. I’ve put them together with some readings, music, and art, to give you a Good Friday Meditation. I’ve recorded the readings and poems, and they should appear on YouTube, on Good Friday, under my name. I’ll post the links here when that happens
The poems themselves: Poems – Seven Sentences from the Cross
The meditations: A Good Friday Meditation – including 7 new poems
And I’ll add the YouTube material here.
A simple retelling: Retold: Easter Day!
If you are following in my books of Bible retellings and prayers, Chapter 12 moves us into New Life.
Thank you for joining me. I hope you find these things help.
Keep safe and well.