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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

March 22, 2013

RITUALS

My life motto seems to be “The Journey is the Goal.”

Put another way…the preparation is a part of the final destination.

I recall when I was a kid; my brother and I would go to Michigan for vacation with our grandparents. A 9-hour car ride when one is, say, 8 years old can seem an eternity. And if you coupled that with pulling a trailer and putting a fishing boat on top of the car, the trip seems almost epic.

But we made the entire trip a game and journey. Favorite spots to stop for breakfast and lunch. Certain landmarks like towns and rivers. We had jokes that we carried out each year. A box of comic books that had not been read since the previous year. New Mad Magazines to read. Anticipating seeing old friends. And ultimately the final few miles on the road through the forest as we approached the lake.

The small rituals we followed made the journey a real part of the overall goal, which was reaching the lake. Years later I find that we imparted a number of those same rituals to our kids as we journeyed to that same lake.

Case in point: Holy Week.

The goal is Easter. The journey is Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday Crosswalk and finally Easter Sunrise before Easter Breakfast before the 10 am Easter Worship Service.

This weekly journey before Easter Morning, (Actually the entire Lenten Journey beginning with Ash Wednesday, and even Fat Tuesday) is a part of the entire experience.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday may not be loud and expressive, but in their own quiet way, they are quite uplifting. And, you really can’t jump from Palm Sunday directly into Easter Morning.

Actually you can, but to do so is to miss the journey. And the journey is the goal.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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