Post 374: “What a dump!”

For reasons I can’t discern, my computer desk reminds me of the messiness of a life unexamined.

A bit too philosophical for something that, simply, is house cleaning deferred in favor of writing this post. (You aren’t at fault! I’d write it even no one read it!)

This is the Easter Season, and I need some time to reflect on the clutter that stands between living a life that brings glory to God or one that satisfies some temporal, trivial end. The Lenten season, for me, isn’t one of sacrificing chocolate treats for spiritual gain or giving up television for 40 days.

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[At this point, most readers are thinking, “A holy roller! Dang! I read this for funny things about his cats, Andy and Dougy! There aren’t any cat photos or videos today, either! Rats!” That’s OK, too, but I remind you Andy is named after Saint Andrew, one of the apostles of Christ and patron saint of Scotland.]

I suppose my upbringing in the Presbyterian church may have something to do with my somewhat dour attitude toward observance of this most important holiday on the Christian calendar.

The way I find best to find expression of my faith and a sense of the true meaning of Easter is to listen once again to J.S. Bach’s “Saint Matthew Passion”. Think of it as soul cleaning. No bunnies need apply.

[The first one has subtitles, but a very tedious tempo I find too slow for my taste; the second has a better tempo, has a cleaner audio track, but lacks subtitles…!]

Listen if you have the time, or to as much as you have time for. Bach is balm for a life-torn soul or a soul looking for more meaning in Easter than Cadbury eggs, the Easter Bunny, and the emphemera of the secular observance of the holiday.

8 thoughts on “Post 374: “What a dump!”

  1. I am hesitant to mention my faith here since there are many belief systems in this world. An occasional mention doesn’t hurt, mostly, so long as people understand I don’t care what they believe, have no intention to bring them into the Christian flock. (I’m barely there myself!)

    I try to be tolerant of other peoples’ beliefs, and generally am unless someone is disrespectful of mine, a rare thing.

    Same with politics. Mostly, then, I try to stick to cats and nonantagonistic topics. At least one person dropped my blog, I know, because they didn’t care for my political take on the obstructionism in Congress.

    Others might find mention of Jesus and the Easter holiday controversial.

    Dog people might hate me because I was one of them, but now have two Persian cats!

    Others might be upset because I am anti-gun, would never own one, and don’t apologise for guns every time someone goes on a shooting rampage with legally-purchased arsenals: People have a right to have these things, but they also need to be responsible for what happens with the ones they own. (I have no answer for ending shootings, so put the burden back on those who want to continue to have access to them.)

    On one hand, we need tolerance, respect and civility in our lives; on the other, we need to stop feeling like victims every time someone does or says something we disagree with. It’s a difficult thing to do.

  2. beautiful. Easter season for me is a time of family and love between us, making sure everyone knows they are loved and valued.
    We are Buddhists and are very accepting of everyones beliefs and ways of celebrating whatever they celebrate.
    Except for Ali she is a heathen 😛

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