Sunday is Palm Sunday and it begins Holy week. The last week of Jesus’ short life, and for which we can all agree, changed the world.
Even now, two thousand years later, we all know the story of what took place in his last week of life.
On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem to observe Passover. Many watched his entry and laid down palm branches or cloaks as his donkey passed by them.
Maundy Thursday was the Last Supper. During this time Jesus spoke to each of his 12 disciples and washed their feet. He broke bread, giving it to them.
Then taking a cup of wine and giving thanks said, “For this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.” Matthew 26:28 (NLT)
Good Friday marks the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. Holy Saturday, a solemn day in-between, follows the crucifixion and is the last day of Lent.
Easter Sunday we recognize as the day of Jesus’ Resurrection. It is a day of celebration for the Risen Christ.
All of these events began a new time for the world. They provided new beliefs to us by presenting us with a new idea.
As each of us go through our life we, too, will have times where we feel stress or strain. It’s often accompanied by much sadness, especially when we experience endings. At that time, we are living in the space of the days in-between. It’s a solemn time of thinking and contemplating our life, such as asking, what’s next for me?
We may be thinking all is lost, or we will never figure it out. We may feel like the Universe is working against us, that we will never get ahead, or that our life will never change.
Then, a miracle happens. A new idea comes to us and we experience a rise in our mental consciousness. A new awareness followed by new beginnings and the world looks better to us once again.
In Unity, at this time of year we look at life and see what is not needed in our life. What can we cross out so we can rise up to something new and better?
It’s a great practice to examine your life and see what is holding you back from being your best self. What can you cross out of your life so that you can rise up to your greatest self?
Things crossed out can be emotional, physical or spiritual.
Emotional hindrances can be worked on with therapists. Some people find support through being in nature, gardening, meditation, prayer, or yoga.
If there are physical items getting in the way, it might be fun to have a garage sale or donate and make space.
Looking for a different spiritual understanding? Maybe something that is more in unity with your thoughts? Start looking at websites for different churches and find a community who thinks like you.
Once you let go of things that are no longer serving you or holding you back in life, you create an opening for something new to enter. The opening acts like a vacuum. It allows new items, thoughts, feelings or people to fill its place.
Is there anything that you can cross out of your life?
As you walk through this Holy Week, may you remember the one who died so that you can live life and live it abundantly. May you accept that through Jesus’ death, you are set free from Self Inflicted Nonsense.
And, may you know and accept him as your wayshower and rise up to live his example.
This way of life will create a better way of being, doing, living and thinking. We are the ones to live the example and create a better way of life — and a better world.
Linda La Croix
Linda La Croix is Unity Director & Prayer Chaplain at Unity of Lake Orion. Find positive and uplifting posts on her Facebook page, A Spiritual Walk.