A reason to be thankful

I never was a very religious person. For many reasons. The biggest being: I find religions to make people hypocrites. Most religions seem to tell one that we will always be forgiven. I am baptised in the Danish Church – it is a State religion, and almost all Danes have the same. My husband is Roman Catholic and goes to church now and then. More now, than then. The kids have probably taken a bit after me, not having,  a special attraction to going to church on Sunday mornings. Our biggest one is Catholic. Our second hasn’t been baptised as yet. It will eventually happen when all the stars are aligned. The day they’ll want to go to Church, they’ll go. 

You see, I believe in an all good God. Which doesn’t go well with my religion or with any Christian ideology really. I know, I know, he became good somewhere in between the old and the new testament, but still and this is where my problem is: I can not follow any kind of religion and just pick and choose what suits me and my way of doing things. In my eyes, it’s hypocritical. And to be honest, my attention span is just not great enough to do all that is required of me to be a good follower. I believe in, what I would call, Christian values. I raise my kids that way.

And then I see what all religions make people do, in the past and in the present. I can’t bear trying to imagine what lays in front of us.

Easter, though, like Christmas, is something we always have celebrated in my family. I can’t do much for Easter – no one celebrates it like Scandinavians, but it is always a time of the year when I choose to be Thankful. A lot of things in our life are just put on side shelves and I think we tend not to remember or see what is good. Humans like to moan and complain. Humans are greedy and selfish. Sadly, I think so few us take time to be thankful, grateful for what we have.

There are so many given things for which I can be grateful. Safety – even if everything is not perfect, I am lucky enough not to live in a war zone, or a ‘bad neighbourhood’ and to be surrounded by people who protect me and my family. Health – I have my problems, but I have learned (more or less) to cope with them – really, I am in good health. Family – children, parents, close friends – you have to be far away in the world not to have people around you; I have been isolated from my close ones (geographically speaking), but I have never really been alone. Wealth, we are far from being super rich, but we lack of nothing and probably have more than most. All these things, I rarely think about on a daily basis. I can always moan that my parents do my head in, that I barely can get out of bed because of pain, that there has been a robbery or hit and run not far. I can always complain because I want to buy something I can’t afford. But really, I have no right to complain. No right not to be happy, no right to moan. I think that taking time to remind myself that, yes I am a lucky one, is a good thing.

Take time in this Holy Christian times, but also Jewish times, to be thankful. Christian can be thankful because Jesus suffered and died to save them; leaving them the celebration of the Holy Communion.

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! THE LAMB OF GOD who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, see also, Peter 1:18-19, Corinthians 11:23-26 and Matthew 26:19-20, 26-29)

Jews can be thankful because their first borns where spared, on the first night on Passover;

12 ‘On that night I will go through the land of Egypt, killing every first-born male, both human and animal, and punishing all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.

13 The blood on the doorposts will be a sign to mark the houses in which you live. When I see the blood, I will pass over you . . . (Exodus 12)

So,

Happy Easter to those who celebrate.

Happy Passover to those who celebrate.

And to you, who don’t, please take time to also be thankful, there is always something to thankful for. 

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