Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

We’re having a restful Good Friday today.  Todd did have to work for half the day to make up for a snow day (Texas translation:  morning of intense ice/sleet that melts quickly as soon as the sun comes up).  Thankfully, he’ll be home shortly after lunchtime, so we’ll have a short time together as a family before I leave for opening night of The Passion.  Ticket sales are going well, so it looks like we’ll have a packed house tonight!  The main reason we are performing in a public venue this year instead of our church sanctuary is to try to reach people who might feel uncomfortable going to a church but would not think twice about buying tickets to a popular performance facility.  There will be a time of invitation at the end where volunteers and pastors will be available to speak with audience members who wish to ask questions or process what they have seen and (hopefully) seek a personal relationship with God. 

The only bad thing about being a part of this production is leaving Grace for lots of rehearsals and performances.  She has been a little out of sorts for the past two days mostly due to a flair-up of her eczema.  Her little legs look like someone took a meat mallet to them, and no amount of lotion or coconut oil is relieving her itching and discomfort.  We are considering a visit to an allergist.  She has a history of food sensitivities (as did I in my childhood).  And in my research, many people have found eczema relief by eliminating certain foods from their diet, one at a time, until the offender is discovered.  At this point, I’m willing to try anything to help her feel better.

Although we will miss our family terribly over this Easter weekend, we are looking forward to spending time with our sweet friends on Sunday after church.  They have adopted us into their family and graciously included us on many holiday celebrations over the years.  Todd’s family and my family is spread all over the nation:  Louisiana, Alabama, Hawaii, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  As you can imagine, we have spent many a holiday break in the car, traveling to various destinations to see our loved ones.  (Although we haven’t made it to Hawaii yet…)  And until someone figures out how to “beam us up” like they do on Star Trek, we’ll continue to hit the road for longer holiday breaks!

Amidst the sometimes hurried chaos that comes with holiday preparations, I hope that everyone takes the time to remember why we call today “Good Friday.”  How amazing it is to celebrate a Savior that was willing to die a horrific, undeserved death on the cross so that we might have forgiveness and eternal life!  Blessings to you all!

1 comment:

Joe and Martha said...

Joanna,I haven't had time to read your blog in while. Can't imagine why... but she is really cute! Anyway I don't know why but I saw Good Friday as a post and just decided to read it. A while back you mentioned you had heard of using coconut oil and vit E for Grace... mom is using the oil also for her skin. So are we. Mom was with my SIL the other day and her #3 has terrible eczema. A lady approached Heather and told her very politely that she knew what caused Ali's eczema. -Wheat. I don't if that is the case but mom said it was for Bobby and she took him off of wheat and he out grew the allergy. My dad is terribly allergic a different way completely and was off wheat, corn and milk for 12 years. He now eats all three with some exceptions. I encourage you to have her tested or to see a nutritionist. If she is allergic mom might be a great help to you or the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I hate to see little ones suffer so! Hope she gets better!
He is risen! He is risen indeed!