Reflections From the Chaps ~ April 18, 2011
復 活 祭
Chaplain’s Reflection: Well over two billion people in the world will reflect on this Holy Week leading up to Easter and a multitude of others will celebrate Passover. But I believe this week in particular, these special religious days will hold an even more special meaning to many folks. Interestingly, while Japanese typically follow a blend of Buddhism, Shintoism and Confucianism, I find it intriguing that Easter is also listed on most of their calendars. The Japanese Kanji or pictographs used to describe it are “Fukkatsu-sai” which literally means a celebration of rebirth, resurrection, revival and restoration. How beautiful those words are in this time of challenge that we all have been through here in Japan, both as Americans and Japanese. And with the news that our families who left can now come back and be reunited with their loved ones … wow, truly, restoration in its truest sense! May all of us celebrate this week in our own ways and let love abound with patience, kindness and a remembrance that life is victorious over death and we can be restored; Spring is indeed a time for rebirth and resurrection! May God bless each of you and your families during this very special week.
Food 4 Thought: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” –Pope John Paul II A Second Helping: “Passover is one of my favorite times of the year. This is when the whole community and family gets together to remember who we are and why we are here.” –Jennifer Wagner Dessert with a Smile: ”I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.” –Billy Graham
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