Earlier this week, I guest posted for Cara and today, we’re doing a little blog bunny hopping and she is posting for me. I’m so impressed by all that she has accomplished in her life. I think you will be too when you read her bio, but more so, after you read her lovely, poignant message for Good Friday. Cara regularly posts at be, mama. be. Blessings, Mimi
Leaning Into Friday
I used to have a love-hate relationship with the weeks leading up to Easter. As a child, we didn’t participate in Lent; I’d see various friends arriving at school with a leftover smudge on their foreheads, and I’d wonder why they’d forgotten to wash their face this Thursday morning.
I’d say mmm-hmm when a Catholic buddy of mine lamented at having to give up ice cream or chocolate, meat or – true story – quesadillas in the forty days prior to Christ’s resurrection.
But for me, in the little Baptist church we found ourselves entrenched in, the Easter season seemed to arrive without fanfare. As children, we found ourselves seemingly shoved with palm branches on Sunday morning, made to make our way down the long aisle, waving and fanning and smiling our fronds to the adults sitting in the pews to the left and right. And then, just as it always seemed to do, the dreariness of the week ahead began to set in. I knew I’d have to hear the brutal story of One Man’s death on the cross, the nails driven into his hands, the way he cried out, without answer, to his dad.
It made me yearn for the arrival of Sunday morning.
I wanted to stop living in Friday. I wanted the hurt and pain and loneliness of that dreaded waiting period to return to triumphant hymns, to again hear the shouts of He has risen – He has risen indeed! I wanted the afternoon feast of ham and mashed potatoes and lemon meringue pie, just as I wanted the pretty new dress from J.C. Penney. I didn’t want to sit in the ugliness – I begged Beauty to return.
But now I kind of like it.
I love Jerusalem Jackson Greer’s words in A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together,as she chronicles the Easter season, and Holy Saturday in particular: “…I do my best to live in that place, that wax-crayon place of trust and waiting. Of accepting what I cannot know. Of mourning what needs to be mourned. Of accepting what needs to be accepted. Of hoping for what seems impossible.” Because when I actually sit in the waiting, in the mourning, in the accepting and in the hoping, then it makes Sunday morning all the more resurrected.
I then feel the joy that much more. I lean into the hope and I embrace the celebration and I believe in his peace, all over again, as if for the first time. So this week, as you prepare for Sunday, might you also sit in the waiting pain of Friday.
Former high school English teacher turned youth minister, Cara is learning what it means to be as a full-time mama and free-lance writer and speaker. She holds a Masters of Theology degree (Fuller Seminary), and is currently tweaking away at her first book. She loves pretending to be a foodie, being outdoors and trying to read seven books at a time (although never very successfully). She lives near San Francisco with her husband, James, their son, Canon, and a second little boy to arrive late this summer.
Do you like tart lemon desserts? I do, the pucker-ier the better! I made a wonderful dessert for Easter evening.
I found this Lemon Tiramisu recipe in Southern Living Magazine. I changed it up a tad. They made theirs in shot glasses to serve 24 people and I made mine in a large bowl. I’ve included the links to the original recipes online and in that recipe, you will find the directions for layering the dessert into shot glasses.
Everyone at my house loved it! I would suggest that you make the lemon curd the day before so you don’t have as much to do when you put it together.
- 1 (8-oz.) container mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 (3-oz.) packages ladyfingers
- 1 1/2 cups lemon curd (see recipe below)
- 24 fresh raspberries
- 24 small fresh mint sprigs
1. Stir together first 3 ingredients just until blended.
2. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; fold into cheese mixture.
3. Layer ladyfingers into the bottom of the bowl. Next, spoon half of the lemon curd onto the ladyfingers spreading it around. Next, layer half of the mascarpone mixture on top. Repeat the layers once with remaining ladyfingers, lemon curd, and mascarpone mixture. Top it with raspberries and mint. Cover and chill 2 hours. ( Mine took 1-1/2 hours.)
We have a bunny for Easter! He looks like Peter but his name is Opie. Doodlebug brought him when she came home for Easter. Opie is so quiet you hardly know he is around and he feels exactly like velveteen when you pet him.
Bunnies are fun at Easter but they’re not really the main reason for the celebration. I find myself caught between the celebration with candy and bunnies and colored eggs and the more important celebration of sacrificial love and life.
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV Bible