Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slipping Past Purim into Pesach Preparations

 There's something special about coming into the springtime!  Spring is actually my favorite change of all of the seasons.  That old saying "Spring is in the air" has held true no matter where I've lived.  

Warmer days, more rain, more sunshine....this is the time of year when I can actually feel myself looking for a fresh start, a new beginning, and seek improvements in myself, my home and the weather.  

Here in Alaska, it's not the weather although I have to admit that temps like these here are becoming a thing of the past as we're more likely to see that needle more inclined to hang around the zero mark.  While we're not getting much above freezing at this point, anything above zero seems like a nice day to us.  

We can't really complain about the weather this year as we've seen one of the warmest winters ever since we've been here.  That needle did drop down real close to that "T" a couple of times, but nothing like we were forewarned could happen.  Everyone wanted to share with us the dreaded days of 70 to 90 below that has been recorded in this area in the past.  

Going into the winter for the first time in the Interior, we had to deal with some very real fears:  "Could we keep the house warm enough?  Would the electricity go off leaving us without heat?  Did we have enough wood pellets and diesel to survive?  Did we have what it takes to make it through a long, cold, dark winter on our own?  The answers are obvious as I'm here to make another post on our blog.

The greatest joy of springtime, however, is the advent of the spring feasts.  Purim is the wake-up call that Pesach is only a month a way and preparations for Pesach must start NOW.  The house must be cleaned and matza must be stocked up for the Feast of UnLeavened Bread.  The lamb or goat that we will have for our meal must be sought out and that's not always an easy task with our limited choices.  It's not like that's something I can just order on the internet like matza, eh?

The Scriptures must be read and re-read in order to determine what's leaven for us this year and how has our understanding changed on this after another year of Torah study.  We'll dig out our Haggadah from last year and check our notes for all the little things we'll need like bitter herbs and the makings of charoset (the mortar).  

On top of all of this, we have to consider whether or not this Pesach finds us prepared to face the Greater Exodus or have we been given the blessing of another year to refine our plans and preparations.  As we've moved another year closer to the return of our Messiah and King, we have to stop and ask ourselves are we more ready than we were this time last year.  

AND, as we watch our cat lie down and play with our dog, we have to wonder what it will be like in the Kingdom when the lion will lie down with the calf.............


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