Resilience

Happy Post Easter/Resurrection Sunday!

Chag Pesach Samech!

See this? This might look like an ordinary budding tree to you, but to me, this is a cavalry charge.

This year, winter seemed to linger like a bad odor. Palm Sunday looked like this.

Winter’s (hopefully) last gasp. But the cavalry is here. Winter is defeated! Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, Winter.

Look at these flowers. They made it through last week’s snowstorm. So did we, like we made it through the Polar Vortex’s visit earlier this winter. (Polar Vortex, you will not be missed. Don’t write and don’t text. I will not accept your calls.)

The Seder I attended on Good Friday was another reminder of resilience, as the story was told of the Exodus led by Moses after the people of Israel were released after hundreds of years of slavery. (Check out Exodus chapters 5—15 in the Bible for that.)

This brings to mind the resilience of many during wars and other horrible events. (Columbine [check out Laura Bruno Lilly’s blog post about that], the Manchester arena bombing in 2017, and the recent fire at Notre Dame come to mind.) Perhaps in events like the above you felt like you survived by the skin of your teeth, barely holding on to hope. Hardly a triumphal march, you think. Yet you’re holding on. That is victory.

With the coming of this Easter, my family is especially grateful for the resilience of one of our own, whose sudden onset of mysterious seizures led to two recent hospital stays. For many days we waited by the bedside, hoping, praying. And now we rejoice at the release from the hospital.

This is sort of an awkward segue to the announcement of the winners of Caroline Carlson’s The Door at the End of the World. (See this post for an interview with Caroline.) But in a way, it isn’t. Caroline’s book is about adventures at the end of something. Easter and Passover are reminders of the adventure at the end of struggle and heartbreak. Reminders of the promise of a new life, a new beginning.

  

So, the first winner, thanks to Random.com, is . . .

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Sharon Van Zandt!

The second winner is . . .

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Marian Beaman!

Sharon and Marian, I rejoice with you! Please comment below to confirm.

  

Cross image from christianitymalaysia.com. Passover greeting image from americangreetings.com. Other photos by L. Marie.

36 thoughts on “Resilience

  1. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter, L. Marie. Although our winter was more mild than normal, the cold chill did seem to hang on a bit too long. Yesterday, I had to wear a coat and I was still cold. So happy J is doing better. Congrats to the winners!

  2. I love this in so many ways, L. Marie.
    Congratulations to Sharon and Marian. 🙂
    It sounds like your family weathered its own storm, with hopes that your loved one continues to improve and the root of the seizures has been found and alleviated. I will pray for you all.
    What a week of weary weather it was between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Your descriptions of our long, hard winter, leading up to the Seder are so apropo and remind me of the Seder we attended a few years ago.
    Here’s hoping that spring is finally here! 🙂

    • We have definitely had an interesting winter, haven’t we, Penny? I’m hoping winter won’t try to creep back in some way. So glad to see the daffodils out.

      My niece is improving. We’ve had a very scary few weeks. Thank you for your prayers. They are greatly appreciated.

      • So good to hear the encouraging words that your niece “is improving” and my prayers continue.

        I’m hoping the same thing about winter, L. Marie, and I was hoping that we didn’t just skip spring and to to summer (which seemed like it was on Sunday). It seems like everything starting greening all at once – and oh the daffodils. 🙂

      • I know what you mean. I love spring. I don’t like when the temperature jumps from 30 degrees to 80 degrees as if spring didn’t happen. I love a 50 or 60 degree day.

    • Thank you! 😀 (And thank you for your post on Columbine.) Resurrection had a whole new meaning this Easter, Laura. A double celebration! Hope you had a wonderful day.

  3. Yay!!! So excited! Can’t wait to read this book! Thank you, Linda and Caroline!

    And I love this post. The promise of a new life, a new beginning. A new perspective, right? Happy to hear the good news about J.

    • Thank you, Sharon! Yes, a new perspective (as I’m continually reminded that I need).

      She’s hanging in there. Another reminder for me to never take anything for granted.

  4. Happy Easter! And I’m glad your niece is improving and out of the hospital. I just got back from visiting my brother, who had a serious health issue but is also out of the hospital and improving. It was good to be of help to him, as I set up some technology to monitor him at home and left instructions in case it fails.

    Congratulations to Sharon and Marian! That book looks like a fun read!

  5. Congratulations to Sharon and Marian! Thank you for sharing your good news 🙂 I won’t comment on the weather we’ve had down here in Florida this winter. No one from the North wants to hear about weather in the South (unless they are traveling south ;)).

  6. Thank you, L. Marie and Caroline! I’m a bit late to the party, but I see that I’m a winner. A winner on a post about resilience. . . how’s that! Thanks for all the reminders about new beginnings. 🙂

    I won’t comment about our Florida weather either. All I’ll say: Hubs and grandson cleaned out the lanai without wind or rain.

  7. An empowering way to think about the meaning of Eastertime. It is all about resilience. I hope that your family member is doing better now and that you’re enjoying warmer spring weather. That photo of winter made me shiver.

    • The weather is better now, Ally, though we’ve experienced some rain lately. But at least it’s not snowing! I put away my winter coat, hats, and gloves!

      My niece is recovering too. Thank you for your well wishes.

  8. Oh, my goodness! That was Palm Sunday?! I’m glad your winter is finally over and also that your family member was released from the hospital.

    We had an unusual Easter–a celebration of new life in the midst of lots of work. We spent the weekend helping my daughter pack for her move across the state. Then on Sunday, we changed our clothes and went to church. Actually, we tried going to the 9:30 Mass, but the parking lot was too full, so we drove home and came back for the 11:30 Mass, arriving early enough to find a place to park. Afterwards we went out for lunch at a Mexican restaurant. We were worn out by the time my sister and I drove back over the mts., but happy to have helped out.

    Moving to a new city and a new job wont’ be easy. It will require hard work and resilience.

    • It does indeed, Nicki. I remember your post about your daughter’s move. It definitely requires resilience! (My niece will be moving soon too.)

      Glad you found parking! So many people go on Easter. My church had three services that day!

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