I can’t believe we’re already to the 3rd Sunday of Easter! Can you? How is this year’s resurrection season going for you? As for scripture readings, we continue on in Luke, from 11-17, providing us with an opportunity to reflect on the earthly life of this resurrected Jesus as he journeys to Jerusalem.
What do you think in Jesus’ earthly life made him worthy of resurrection to his followers at the time of his crucifixion?
This week we read Part 3, “Managing Your Fears,” Chapter 3, “How Procrastination Feels,” of the T+P+A Big Read 2019, The Lifelong Activist. Now that you’ve spent a little time thinking about whether or not, or how you procrastinate, how does that feel to you? Rettig names procrastination as an affliction of ambitious people – so if there’s something you feel like you need to be working on that you’re not, good job at seeing that it needs to be done and at seeing the obstacle between you and it being done! That’s the first step. Some of my procrastination isn’t procrastination, but simply the issue of having multiple interests and only 24 hours in a day. When I experience procrastination, I schedule a particular time to do the thing, as well as remind myself of how good I’ll feel after the thing is done. And while that doesn’t always work, most of the time, having a plan in place gives me enough energy to get on with things.
What do you do to get over a procrastination slump?
C’mon over to People of the Books, our online book club in which we discuss this book and whatever else is on your mind or heart!
We begin Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime: A Manual for Prayer, starting on Sunday, May 5, with “the Sunday closest to May 4”. Tickle is an amazing and visionary author and you should read everything she has written about religion’s current transitions. As for our time in prayer spent with her, let us keep in mind her parting thought from the Introduction: “That which deepens the observant’s contemplation and that which increases the beauty of our devotion are, by definition, appropriate and good.” (p. 10)
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- Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann. “Easter: Resurrection as a Spiritual Practice,” March 28, 2013.
- Luther Seminary. “Enter the Bible,” n.d. http://www.enterthebible.org/.
- Patterson, Stephen. Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Life and Death of Jesus. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2004.
- Rettig, Hillary. “How Procrastination Feels” in The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way. New York, NY: Lantern Books, 2006.
- Tickle, Phyllis. The Divine Hours (Volume Three): Prayers for Springtime: A Manual for Prayer. New York: Image Books, 2016.