Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Sun and the Moon - Shalom!

We attended a Passover Seder dinner last night with a large family and it was nothing short of amazing. You may ask, “What, are you Jewish?” and I’d have to reply, “it’s part of my roots.” Many people are unaware that Passover is the foreshadowing of what we call Easter. I’m just going to give you a couple of highlights of what made the night incredible for me.

I had just recently connected on FaceBook with the girl who was my neighborhood friend through elementary school and junior high. Her family included me in all their Jewish celebrations and I remember being totally fascinated. Yesterday, the gates of my memory opened wide and I recalled in sweet detail so many special moments with her family.

The dinner last night was held on a lanai overlooking the bay with an outdoor fireplace taking the nip from the air of a beautiful spring evening. As the full moon rose over the bay, we were awestruck. Someone shared that we follow the Gregorian calendar, introduced by Constantine, and it's governed by the movements of the sun. On the other hand, the Muslim calendar is governed by the moon. But the Hebrew calendar, God’s calendar, is governed by both the sun and the moon. Fascinating!

I have so much to learn and I LOVED the experience of the Passover Seder dinner. The children in attendance enjoyed it too and they contributed so much to the joy of celebrating God’s amazing grace in delivering HIS children; yesterday, today and forever. Shalom.


Fuschia said...

We enjoyed a Seder a few years ago (Golly, I guess it's been more than a few now). I too, was facinated. And awestruck by my Father's love for me!!


2Thinks said...

Sounds perfect. I enjoyed a Seder several years ago. It's fun to learn!

Come on over if you'd like a chance to win the I Won...You Win book that is going round robin.

Uncommon Blonde said...

I want to hear about this - sounds interesting!

Brenda Leyland said...

Beverly, I wish you Shalom too.

I once heard that Shalom has within its meaning Peace, that place of nothing missing, nothing broken.

I love that picture. And so I wish that for you during this season and time of year.

Merrie said...

What an amazing privilege! Some of my best friends growing up were Jewish and I was always fascinated by them.
We have since learned our heritage and the wonderful story of the Seder and all the hidden meanings.
Blessings on your Easter!

sara said...

we did a mini sedar with our youth on Wednesday....they loved it.

Happy Easter, my friend!

Saleslady371 said...

I share your excitement of our Jewish roots, Beverly. My hubby and I began studying about the feasts when the kids were little. We've been celebrating a Seder now for 27 years. I wrote about a post about it also this past week.