For many it would have been completely appropriate that Easter fell on April Fools’ Day this year. I think that if you are struggling with how the Resurrection fits in with History and with the Christian Faith, and how it shapes both, here are two good videos you can watch to help you make sense of it:
For me, the Resurrection makes me think about the importance of embodiment and how in the West we have ignored the importance of our bodies in life. As Ken Robinson has said in one of his rather humerous TED Talks, people often envision their bodies as that which takes their brains to meetings. Straddling an Honours at UCT and St John’s Leadership Academy highlights these challenges in our society (not least in the Church too) of what to do with our bodies. My thoughts on Education are being significantly challenged, and at the same time I am revisiting the implications for discipleship.
Another reason Easter stands out for me, this year at least, is that Marion flew to the USA for three weeks on Easter Sunday. So for the first time in many years I was alone for a significant period of time. Obviously I had guests in the AirBnb and was around others many times, but the very significant other was away. I had mentioned to a few people that I was interested to see how I would cope as generally I don’t like being alone. I knew I had a lot of academic work to do, and that did keep me largely busy. I also managed to get a fair routine developed, but I did succumb to eating cake regularly at a coffee shop in the last week. Not good for the budget or the waistline. Nonetheless, Marion arrived back to a healthy and happy husband.
I remember how when Marion and I first moved to Cape Town we both battled to live balanced lives. We recognised that we couldn’t both work, study and expect to be great spouses. As Marion’s studies were attached to a specialist post, her giving up work to study was not an option. And obviously a lot had taken place at the time I went to study Theology at Cornerstone (in my father’s passing and me giving up my work), but it gave us space to nurture our relationship while growing. My mistake then was that I got too involved in various ministries inside and outside of Church. I have taken a more measured approach this time around. But, my conviction is that education cannot take place without ministry, if the education is about ministry. So I have to extract myself from activities which keep my mind too cluttered to engage fully in my faith and educational journey. And I have to remember that this journey is about moving towards ordination in the Anglican Church. It is easy to change direction a degree or two (no pun intended), and after three years be in quite a different place from where one first intended. So constantly one has to crab (as it is called in flying). One heads in a direction, but there are constantly winds blowing one off course. So one re-adjusts.
At the same time, I need to remind myself that I am only five months into this three year journey, and that in a large sense I am still readjusting to the change from the end of last year. But I also need to recognise factors pushing and pulling at me that I had not anticipated and that have arisen as the journey continues.
So, you may have noticed that the blogs are roughly a month behind. I’ll aim to get the May blog out on time. Thanks for sticking with me.