this was such a lovely weekend. saturday was gloriously warm and sunny. i attempted to run for the first time since the hike, but my foot pain forced me to ease up and walk. it was annoying at first, but it did allow me to appreciate the budding trees and blossoming flowers around town. i love watching the world slowly awaken after a long winter. i had a tasty lunch, then i was able to lay out on the deck, soak up some rays, relish the quiet afternoon.
in the episcopal church, we celebrate the great vigil on the saturday night before easter sunday. it is my most favorite service of the year. we begin in darkness with lit candles outside, then file inside reverently to fill up the pews. the liturgy follows the full scope of Christ’s life and ministry, including even the prophetic passages in the old testament, and chronicles his death and celebrates his resurrection. after about two hours, we proclaim ‘he is risen indeed!’ and toast to new life. and eat yummy food and drink champagne. i love my church.
sunday, was slow and relaxed. because we are at church til about 11pm on saturday, we don’t really go to easter sunday service. but i did roast a most delicious leg of lamb, marinated in rosemary and garlic, with potatoes and lemons. sautéed some kale for the side. isaiah got a hollow chocolate bunny.
now it’s monday and cloudy and dreary and all i want is the sun to come out. but i’m thankful for the weekend i enjoyed.
it’s my favorite day of the year. well, if i’m being totally honest this and my birthday are kinda in a tie for top honors. but really, christmas eve is pretty magical. the anticipation of the big day is at its highest, family is all around, snacks are in abundance, and carols are sung sweetly into the night. i can’t wait to see my sister and nieces and laugh and laugh and laugh. oh, and get into the hot tub with a cocktail because yes that’s happening this year. but best of all is taking time out of the festivities to give worship to the light of the world, who came as a small baby wrapped in clothes, laying in a manger since there was no room in the inn. i have life because he gave me life. and it’s a wonderful life indeed.