This Too Shall Pass

Happy Passover!

On Tuesday, Jerry came home from work (yes, his job is considered an essential service, thankfully), in pain demonstrating a host of unfortunate symptoms. After waiting a few hours to see if they would subside and then making a few phone calls, we decided to go to the Emergency Room. That in of itself was a stressful ordeal due to this pandemic. Jerry had to be screened in a tent in the parking lot while I waited outside sitting on the curb. Naturally, nearly every one we saw was wearing a face mask as were we. Because I had previously been tested for COVID-19 at that same hospital (the results were negative), I already knew that particular location is not where they screen and test suspected victims. So knowing the healthcare system strives to keep the two separate brought some relief. Nevertheless, my Jerry was suffering and I could not be there to comfort him nor learn what was wrong. When he and the nurse exited the tent, they advised me they were taking him in to do some tests and that I needed to go home since no visitors can enter the hospital. A mixture of emotions surged my mind from relief I wouldn’t have to expose myself to potential threatening germs to concern about what would happen to Jerry and would he be admitted to the hospital. I found myself attempting to concentrate during the dark drive home while not allowing the surging thoughts to consume me.

Upon arriving home on the boat, I attempted to busy myself by hanging up a large canvas tarp over the v-berth to shade my berth (bed) from the Texas sun. The temperatures seem to be climbing higher this Spring than last year’s. Of course, it was dark out and I was ever-careful not to trip or slip putting myself overboard or also in the ER. My efforts revealed I did not know what I was doing because upon careful inspection I realized my Jerry makes the canvas look much nicer and more efficient. Consequently, thoughts continued to bombard me about if something dire were to happen to him would I be able to handle the boat by myself, a factor I weighed upon buying a 30 foot sailboat figuring a smaller boat is wiser as rookie sailors – particularly a rookie sailor with a husband 16 years my senior. All of this reminds me practicing shalom in the home of our minds during sudden storms and peculiar pandemics is no easy feat sometimes!

After many tests on Jerry and a few hours of me scrubbing and clearing the sink drain on our boat (since Jerry vommited so much it clogged our sink), Jerry called to inform me he has a 7mm kidney stone. Ouch! He was released from the hospital late Tuesday night. Meanwhile, I seemed to have developed a sinus infection and later brief bouts of diarrhea probably from the stress. Wednesday, I found myself catering to him and running around to pick up his prescriptions covering myself in a face mask and gloves while entering the grocery store’s pharmacy area. How bizarre to think of such common places of health as a danger zone!

Despite all of the pandemic precautions and kidney stone kinetics, we managed to work together to put on a decent Passover dinner. The photos shown is our version of the “blood of the Lamb” on our doorpost. The winches of our sailboat are holding up the red sheet outlining our companionway entrance with cushions on each side of the entrance way. Despite waiting for Jerry’s kidney stone to pass, we had a nice dinner last night with lamb and the traditional seder elements. As an added bonus, my favorite rose bloomed for the first time yesterday (notice ‘Sailvation’, our boat name, appropriate for Passover).

‘Lady Emma Hamilton’, a fragrant David Austin rose blooms with white-flowering Alyssum growing snug at the base.

Keep Jerry in your prayers please and me as well. He has to have a painful surgery done on Monday to address the kidney stone. In the meantime, us sailors are learning to stay calm in this storm. We hope you are yours are staying home indoors like the Israelites did during Passover and like Isaiah 26:20 foreworns. Afterall, this too shall “pass”.

Preparing For Passover

Soon Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, will be upon us! This post is designed to help you prepare for Passover in a meaningful and creative way as we celebrate our deliverance from Egypt, from our sin, our lawlessness (1 John 3:4), through the blood of The Lamb, Yeshua/Jesus into a Spirit-led, lawful life as we learn to walk in holiness.

In the days leading up to Passover, we rid our home of any leaven, or foods and products with yeast in it. Leaven symbolizes sin that so easily entangles us and spreads to others (Hebrews 12:1). The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian, non-Jewish ekklesia/assembly to celebrate Passover remembering Yeshua/Jesus is our perfect Passover lamb who came to take the leaven or sin of the world (John 1:29). So why are they (and we) continuing to break God’s instructions? He writes this in 1 Corinthians 5, upon learning of sin within their church body. He similarly reminds the Galatian church, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). Because we have been spiritually adopted into God’s family, or grafted-into His family tree and now considered apart of Israel, according to many writings of the Apostle Paul (Romans 8, 11; Ephesians 2:11-19; 3:6; 4:17-24; Galatians 3:26-29; 4:6-7), we ought to also celebrate Passover as a reminder of our Messiah’s sacrifice as well as the prophetic implications of this meaningful feast. One fine day in the future, like the First Exodus, there will be a ‘Second Exodus’, delivering us from the worldly culture. To learn more about the Second Exodus, click here.

Passover, also known as the ‘Feast of Unleavened Bread’, is the first Feast of the LORD (Exodus 12:1-15:21; Leviticus 23; Deuteronomy 16:1-8, 16) and is a big deal to Him. We even see in the Messianic Era, or when Jesus reigns and rules on Earth for 1,000 years, the Feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover is celebrated, according to Ezekiel 45:18-25; 46:9. Furthermore, when Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22), He was referring to Passover and participating in the holy holiday at that moment.

Passover Guide

Should you desire to want to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Messiah, attached here is a Passover guide, created by Ira Malone, my friend and founder of Torah for Christians Ministries. Ira also has penned a list of what he does for Passover to help you celebrate this special time (see below). At that bottom of this post, I have attached pictures providing you ideas to decorate your table for Passover.

Here is the list of things participants (particularly people who host need—I sent this to someone who asked):

You and the participants watching, or whoever is there with you, will need the following:

• The elements: matzah, bitter herbs (parsley preferably), sweet apple mixture (charoset), horseradish sauce (maror), kosher Passover wine (or grape-juice)

For the sweet apple mixture: chopped up apples, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, maple syrup for extra sweetness, if desired.

• For me (Ira), I traditionally cook a leg of lamb (maybe two) in a slow cooker: I chop up an onion and place it in the slow cooker, I make incisions in the lamb, season it with mustard (to take away any gaminess), salt and pepper, rosemary, paprika, garlic, etc., gluten free (kosher for Passover) soy sauce, and slow cook for eight hours.

• Food! I usually have various veggies on the side, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, a salad with gluten free dressing, and an unleavened desert.

• A lamb bone for the plate (you can ask your local butcher for a bone—or just get a lamb steak with the bone in it, cook the lamb steak, and cut off the bone).

• Plates, utensils, wine glasses (leave one for Elijah), bowl for water (for the hand washing ceremony), a towel, a bowl for salt water (when dipping the bitter herb into the bowl of salt water), center Seder plate for the elements, a pillow, a clothe for the Afikomen (middle Matzah), speakers for music, Tallit (if you want to wear one), candles and candle holders, gas lighter.

Please be sure to read through the Haggadah carefully before commencing just so you don’t forget anything.

Decorating Ideas for Passover

Video About Passover I Did in 2019

Here is a Vlog about Passover I did in 2019.