Holy Week Devotions

The Monday After: Reflecting After Holy Week

The Monday After: Reflecting After Holy Week

Patreeya Prasertvit

Monday is perhaps the most forgetful day of the week. We live much of our lives with this escapist drive toward the weekend, thinking those two days will fulfill all of our needs and fantasies. More sleep! More time to work on those assignments! A chance to have clean pants again! Time with people I like! Time with God! Time with…

Holy Week Devotion #8: What Did You Expect

Holy Week Devotion #8: What Did You Expect

Patreeya Prasertvit

“My two-year old doesn’t understand death,” my friend told me. “Should she?” I laughed. “We’ve been reading through her children’s Bible, and it is not the best place to learn about death. Jesus dies, and comes back to life. Lazarus dies, and Jesus brings him back. Isaac almost dies, but then God saves him. Daniel gets thrown…

Holy Week Devotion #7: The Silence of Saturday

Holy Week Devotion #7: The Silence of Saturday

Patreeya Prasertvit

It feels wrong to say that Saturday is my favorite day of Holy Week, but it’s true. It is a day that feels sacred to me, sitting in the gap of tragedy and triumph, resting between death and victory. Perhaps it is my favorite because it feels so familiar. It feels like most of our lives. This is the day when I feel so small and helpless…

Holy Week Devotion #6: Good Grief

Holy Week Devotion #6: Good Grief

Patreeya Prasertvit

Sometimes I wonder about who had the audacity to name today “Good Friday.” “Good” is four out of five stars on Yelp. “Good” is what you say when you don’t want to answer any more questions. “Good” is an adjective too easily given. Betrayal by a close friend? A cruel and shameful death? Public humiliation and flogging…

Holy Week Devotion #5: An Offer You Can Refuse

Holy Week Devotion #5: An Offer You Can Refuse

Patreeya Prasertvit

When I told my non-Christian father my plans to be a missionary, he laughed in disbelief. “How are you going to have enough money to live? Is God going to just ‘provide money?’” “Yes, that’s kind of the plan,” I told him sheepishly. But even to my ears, it felt foolish. Money doesn’t just fall out of the sky. I’d been taught that to…