Monthly Archives: April 2009
If you are a fan of author P.D. James you know, of course, who Adam Dalgliesh is. If you don’t know, he is the sublime creation of the author — poet and crime solver extraordinaire. I’ve just finished reading The Private Patient and am pleased to report that this book is quintessential James. I was quite disappointed in her last Dalgleish mystery, The Lighthouse, so it was a pleasure indeed to find the author back on track! By the way, Baroness James will be 89 this year. I think a novel in the works must be a great reason to get up every morning!
Today is Good Friday, a day of commemoration and meditation for Christian believers all over the world. A few years ago, author Tony Campolo wrote a book titled It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’. In it, he tells about a sermon he heard:
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. It was Friday, and my Jesus is dead on a tree. But that’s Friday, and Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, Mary’s crying her eyes out, the disciples are running in every direction like sheep without a shepherd. But that’s Friday, and Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, some are looking at the world and saying, “As things have been, so they shall be. You can’t change nothing in this world! You can’t change nothing in this world!” But they didn’t know that it was only Friday, and Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, them forces that oppress the poor and keep people down, them forces that destroy people, the forces in control now, them forces that are gonna rule, they don’t know it’s only Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, people are saying, “Darkness is gonna rule the world, sadness is gonna be everywhere,” but they don’t know it’s only Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. Even though this world is rotten, as it is right now, we know it’s only Friday. But Sunday’s a comin’.
So, yes, today is a sober day when we think about the physical, mental and spiritual anguish that Jesus suffered when he offered the supreme sacrifice for us. But, in the back of my mind, even as I think on these things, there’s relief and joy bubbling, because Friday is not the end! Sunday is coming and with Sunday comes resurrection! The Spirit of God raised up Jesus from the grave and, hallelujah, he’s alive forevermore!
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen
Galatians 1:3-5 (ESV 2001 Crossway Bibles)
What better way to celebrate my birthday than with a good long browse in an antiquarian bookstore! The Edmonton Bookstore is a fabulous place filled with thousands upon thousands of all sorts of books. My sister and my mom joined me; first we had coffee at Transcend (which was delightful and delicious), then we hit the bookstore. It was a bit overwhelming to decide what titles I really wanted, but narrowed my choice to these: The World is a Wedding by A.M. Allchin and a lovely little copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.