Friday, March 18, 2005

Bunnies, Kris Kristofferson, and Me

It is traditional at this time of year to rail against the way Easter has been reduced to a greeting card holiday, replete with bunnies, baskets of plastic grass, hidden candy, new clothes and dinner at a nice restaurant. I have engaged in such self righteous fist waving myself, truth be known. I remember the first (and last) time my family tuned in to watch the Disney Easter Parade on television. I had just returned to live in America from Scotland and my four year old daughter, Kara, was a big fan of the giant rodent, so we plopped down in our 'put it together yourself' furniture and watched. Yech. Perhaps we should have known, but there was no mention of Jesus, the cross, or anything deeper than Goofy's mental abilities in the whole parade. Let's face it -- Jesus has been fairly well edited out of Easter.

But before I gather a posse and go out hunting specks in the eyes of my neighbors (and Disney execs) perhaps I should sing the words of an old Kris Kristofferson song. There are probably only a few of you who remember who he was (is) and the influence he exerted on ballad rock in the sixties and seventies. His song, "Why Me, Lord?" was a thoughful counterbalance to the New Age yodeling of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord." As I was thinking about Jesus' sacrifice for people as unworthy as me, the words to Kristofferson's song came to mind. "Why me, Lord? What have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I've known? Tell me, Lord, what did I ever do that was worth loving you, or the kindness you've shown? Tell me, Lord, if there is a way I can try to repay all I've taken from you. Maybe, Lord, I can show someone else what I've been through myself on my way back to you. Lord help me, Jesus, I've wasted it. So help me, Jesus, I know what I am. Now that I know that I've needed you, so help me, Jesus, my soul's in your hand."

On this Palm Sunday, as on every day, our souls are in the hands of Jesus, the Son of God. What will He do with them? What He has always done with them! Let His love and sacrifice humble us, turn us from judging others to examining ourselves, and drive us to commit to Him even more in the days and years ahead.


At 3/18/2005 09:31:00 AM , Blogger David U said...

Patrick, if I am not mistaken Kristofferson recorded "Why Me Lord" in Muscle Shoals when I was living in the radio stations in North Alabama played it NON-STOP! So, I EVER remember it! It doesn't get much air play anymore...I wish it did. Off the subject a little bit, did you ever hear Kris's "Sunday Morning Coming Down"? One of the qreatest songs ever written in my opinion. Johnny Cash had a big hit with it too.

Anyway, yes.....we are in the hands of our Savior. That IS very humbling, and very comforting. And it motivates us to a deeper discipleship.

Thanks for a great post!

At 3/18/2005 09:30:00 PM , Blogger Jared Cramer said...

Patick, nice post. This is Jared Cramer, if you remember me. I just wanted to say hullo and that I've added you to my blog reading list. :-)

At 3/19/2005 10:50:00 AM , Blogger Sue Yanaros said...

A friend changed my view on holidays like Easter and Christmas with the scripture that talked about festivals, etc and admonished to do them unto the Lord. Since then, I've celebrated that the world thinks of Jesus at least during Easter and Christmas. Growing up, they were each a day that a fat rabbit brought eggs and candy (what?) and a fat guy in a red suit snuck into the house with presents (again, what?) rather than have any connection with what "the world" views as religiously significant though we cannot find direction to do with book, chapter and verse. I've found blessing in the extra celebration rather than in rabbits and red suits.

At 3/19/2005 05:02:00 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

Patrick, I keep finding the answer to why me Lord? What have I ever done to deserve even one.... to be..not a thing! I still find it amazing day after day to wake up and realize that his mercies are NEW every morning. Be Blessed.

At 3/22/2005 08:52:00 AM , Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Great post, Patrick. I wrote about it at my blog. Peace.

At 3/28/2005 01:09:00 AM , Blogger Adrienne Bethy said...

Hi Patrick,
This is Adrienne Johnston. I was going to RC and I have been back up visiting a couple of times, visiting the church because I have missed it a lot. I am glad that you have this Blog due to the fact that one of the things I have missed most about being up there is your sermons. I have always enjoyed your insight and wisdom, even on such things as the Easter Bunny. Thank you again.

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