• Anita Ford Vargas

Saturday morning reflections during Holy Week

We are now in Holy week! I don’t know about you, but I am excited! This is the week of our God’s reign. As I sit and reflect on years gone by. We had a wonderful breakfast it was one that my grandfather, grandmother, and son would have had. I enjoyed the bacon, over easy eggs, and my son would have had the cheese grits (no judgement). It was a wonderful memory of my family and to start my day.

As I thought back on the days leading up to Easter Sunday. Of course, that’s long before we began to call it Resurrection Sunday. My grandmother would take us shopping for our new clothes. And of course, we had the dress with the matching coats, hats, gloves, purses, and shoes. And depending on the color of the dress depended if the shoes were white or black patent leather. This is something that all of our families did for Easter Sunday. I was on the chubby side so my dresses came from Libby’s. I believe that was the name of the store on Watchung Ave., in Plainfield, N.J. Plainfield has always been known as the Queen City. We had a few of the big stores downtown. We had Bamberger’s, Macy’s, Teppers, and Steinbeck’s. We had some of the most beautiful hat and dress shops. Unlike today back then there was only one night a week that the stores stayed open late. That night was Thursday nights. One of my father’s fondest memories is shopping on Thursday night with his mother and brother. My father loved buying my grandmother her Easter bonnet and flowers. My grandmother was known for her cakes and pies. And during the holiday people often ordered from her. You could find every kind of pie at our house. And if you didn’t like pie, I am sure there was a cake with your name on it.

As I sit and reflect in my quiet time with the Lord. I am wondering why we aren’t excited today? I realize that this year is very different from anything I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. I am sure that you can say the same. I will miss not gathering with our family this year. I can't remember not attending church or not having our family together. How about the fact that for the 1st time my granddaughter won't have a new dress and shoes. With all of that being said, what I know to be true is that God wasn’t sleep when #19 arrived. He also, knew the devastation it would cause. And he also knew what took place this week over 2000 years ago, when his son would pay the price for you and me. Let’s get excited about what this week means to Christians all around the world. Let’s let our God reign this week. Lets say the name of Jesus more than #19. After all, at the name of Jesus every knee must bow.

When you sit back and think about your life and this time of year. What do you remember? I've shared my story what about yours? I would love to hear all about your childhood.

I realize that there are people that struggle with anxiety. In some cases, they may need to seek some professional help. If that’s you, please get the help you need. For those of you that need someone to walk with you through this season. I am here to help you face your future with a smile.

Reflective reading:

9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father Philippians 2:9-11 NLT version

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalms 94:19 NLT version

I am leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 NLT version

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