When my children were little, they would seem to fixate on one movie for weeks at a time. I had pretty strict rules about when they could watch T.V. during the summer so the small window of screen time they received each day was treasured. They could select one movie from our vast collection of VHS tapes and that would be it. You would think they would want a little variety in their viewing, nope, not the case. They would pick the same movie every day for weeks. Even I had the dialogue in their shows memorized by the time they switched to a new film. The next month would be a different show with equally annoying cartoon characters and songs and they would play it until it was worn out. They never seemed to tire of it. They always laughed at the jokes like they were new and sang the songs with enthusiasm and gusto. How could they not grow weary of the repetition and sameness? They seemed to look forward to the outcome that they already knew.
Lent is quickly approaching and I will be reading the same stories I have read for years. I am praying that my eyes will be open to wonder that is the Easter story. Without the resurrection, the rest is just another tale. This Easter I want to reread the miracles presented in the Bible with an air of expectation and enthusiasm. Every time I open the pages of my Bible I hope to find a truth I had glanced over before.
Like my children when they watched those movies in their youth I hope to see the old stories with new zeal and passion. My expectation and excitement of the risen Lord should grow as we approach the Holy Week. I am praying for a childlike faith that sees the glory in the good news and not the rigidity of the rituals that are sometimes associated with the Holiday.
This Lenten season I want to read the stories again with a renewed hope and a fresh perspective never taking my eyes off the cross. I may have already read the book, but I am still looking forward to the happy ending.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.