an early Joyous Easter

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła)

(empty tomb courtesy the web)

We have a jammed packed next couple of days…
Starting with a wedding in Atlanta on Friday…

One of my oldest and dearest friend’s daughter is getting married.
Getting married in the midst of a pandemic is problematic at best…
ask any bride from this time last year all the way ’til now…
Cancelations, plan B’s, C’s and even D’s to simply giving up and giving in
while opting for the notion of eloping.

I kind of happened to mention to my friend that…
“you do know, that in all of Christendom, there are no weddings on Good Friday…”
“And why is that?” she asked a bit annoyed…you should know my friend is Jewish
while the groom and his family are Catholic.

Oh something about Good Friday being the most solemn day on the Church’s calendar…this as my thoughts trail off…

I got a rather quick and snappy reply from a mother of a bride who has had
to jump every hurdle and hoop known to man due to a pandemic while trying
to pull off the wedding of a daughter’s dream….
“Well you know” she begins…”had some idiot in China opted not to eat a d@mn bat,
we’d be having the wedding on Saturday and they’d actually be going on their honeymoon
of choice but again, since some d@mn idiot in China decided to eat a bat… we are, in turn, living plans B, C, D, E and even F!!”

We mustn’t mess with the mothers or the brides of 2020 and now 2021…

And so immediately following the wedding, we’ve got to race back home because I’m signed up to get my second vaccine at 9 AM sharp at the Cancer and Blood Center in Athens.

I know…
I was vaccine shamed…plain and simple, so let’s not talk about it…

Rather let’s pray I don’t get as sick this round as I did following shot number 1 …because
everyone is coming to our house Sunday for Easter Lunch!!!!

So, since the next couple of day’s will be spent dashing here and there as well as cooking and cleaning …
I wanted to wish everyone a joyous day of Resurrection…
A keen reminder of redemption and hope!

“The soul that does not attach itself solely to the will of God will find neither
satisfaction nor sanctification in any other means,
however excellent by which it may attempt to gain them.
If that which God Himself chooses for you does not content you,
from whom do you expect to obtain what you desire?…
It is only just, therefore, that the soul that is dissatisfied with the divine action
for each present moment should be punished by being unable to find happiness in anything else.”

Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, p. 14
An Excerpt from
Abandonment to Divine Providence

19 comments on “an early Joyous Easter

  1. bcparkison says:

    PLEASE! Don’t take the second shot.

  2. “….We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” Woo hoo! Great quote, Julie. I hope you have a lovely Easter lunch.

  3. says:

    I had an easier time with the second shot if that’s any consolation. I figured I was much in your situation as being shamed ino it, but so far so good. If I die, I’ll be much better off anyway. I hope you have a blessed Easter day with family. We;re having brunch at our son’s and future daughter in law’s home. We’ll also get some much needed puppy time with the granddogs. Our little family doesn’t have any youngn’s anymore so we have to lavish the pets with our grand love.

  4. Salvageable says:

    Today is the first wedding anniversary of my daughter and her husband (not that April 2 was Good Friday last year). They moved it up a month to make sure it happened at all. We got to watch on TV. Things are better this year, even though not back to normal. But my first reaction when I started reading your post was, “A wedding on Good Friday? Seriously?!” J.

  5. hatrack4 says:

    A Happy Easter to you and yours also. We had our second shot on Monday and my wife had sinus type issues for a day or two that may have had nothing to do with the shot. The nebulizer treatments have worked and it is a good thing in that she is liturgist on Easter morning at the church. I hope she doesn’t collapse from exhaustion halfway through.

  6. Tricia says:

    Well I do know a thing or two about planning a wedding during a pandemic….;). I hope everything goes well Julie, keep us posted. And have a happy and blessed Easter!

    • 😆 yes you do my friend, yes you do!!!—
      We went to the wedding, left right after the ceremony- we ubered from Brenton’s something about driving and parking and walking in Atlanta all dressed up is sadly now risky— I want in the carjacking mood— the mayor insisted on coming back with us that night and so both Autumn and Gregory were with me at 8:30 Saturday morning at the University’s cancer and blood center to get my damn second shot
      They did them in the car this go around but had it down like clock work— and true to form I ran a high fever all night and had an excruciating headache— needless to say I struggled this morning when we all got up to see what the Easter bunny brought— then Abby’s family all came for lunch and slowly I began to feel human again- I hope you all had a wonderful day— now if this pollen would go away —!!🤧

      • Tricia says:

        I’m glad the weekend is over for you and hopefully you are on the mend! We had a nice weekend here, with church and family meals. Even,much to Gavin Newsom’s dismay, some out of town visitors!

        Now if you start sprouting a second nose or anything, do let me know. 🙂

      • Here’s the funny side…Brenton and Abby, despite her being a school teacher, have both said they really don’t want the vaccine—and have basically told us they’re waiting…waiting to see if we turn into zombies or something worse…so Gregory said he wants to get a zombie mask and put it on when he knows they’re coming…
        he got his second one today—he fared much better than I did the first round…so looking at all the rationale as to why some have issues and some don’t—I’ll claim the estrogen narrative HA 🙂

      • Tricia says:

        Ha! I think estrogen narrative explains a lot of things, 😂. You probably have a better immune system for whatever reasons than your husband so it responded more aggressively.

        Love the idea of zombie masks!

      • Oh, and by the way…now how do I short cut to the classic editor now that they seem to be trying to keep it hidden from me…it’s like jumping through hoops to work my way to find it and I can’t ever remember how I get back there…it’s like a freaking maze of madness—I know it’s because I am oh so anti woke 🙂

      • Tricia says:

        I know they are really pushing us away from the classic editor! I think you have to go to the admin area and then posts and look for it in the upper left side.

  7. oneta hayes says:

    Happy Easter, Julie. Enjoy your family, and get as much refreshing of the Resurrection Day as can be worked into family, wedding, shots, and other. Nothing, however, will outshine the grave being opened. Except of course, that Jesus lives today.

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