2013-03-26 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Honoring Christ
From The Upper Room The World’s Most Widely Read Daily Devotional Guide

Read Mark 16:1-8

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.

- Proverbs 22:6 (CEB)

My grandmother came to Argentina from Russia. Painful memories of war reflected from her light, almost transparent eyes. Those eyes had the appearance of being on the verge of tears that you could not wipe away. She left behind her parents and sister, never to see them again. Grandmother Xenia held on to her Slavic traditions as a way to remember her family. As was the custom in my grandmother’s native land, Holy Week was a busy time with much preparation leading up to Easter — purchases to make, meal preparation, and housecleaning. My grandmother lovingly prepared delicacies for the Easter Sunday meal — tea prepared in the samovar, blini (Russian pancakes), kasha (porridge), kotlety (meatballs), and most of all pashka (Russian Easter cheese dessert). Finally, Easter Sunday would arrive and with it the true reason for our family celebration. As we sat around the table, my grandmother would raise her cup of tea and offer us a greeting with a gracious smile: “Christos voskrese (Christ has risen)!” And in one voice we responded: “Voistinu voskrese (Truly Christ has risen)!” Many years have passed; family customs and traditions have changed; but we still honor the love and sacrifice of Christ.

Graciela Kupcevich de Cohen

(Rio Negro, Argentina)

Thought for the Day: See Grandma Xenia’s samovar on The Upper Room blog today.

Prayer: Risen Lord, your sacrifice on the cross calls and empowers us to demonstrate your love through our service. Amen.

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