This was NOT the post I was about to publish, but it’s EASTER! So I really wanted to share something about Easter and what I do every Easter.
You know, every family has their own traditions.
My Mom and my Aunt love to watch “The Ten Commandments” with Yul Brynner and Charlton Heston every Easter.
And while that IS a classic…at least to us (“Moses…Moses”- Nefertari)…I have a different Easter tradition…and it is to watch:
The Prince of Egypt
(click the picture below to watch preview, for free or to find out more)
To me, this is one of the most touching movies out there…for a plethora of reasons!
One: I’m an artist and this is a master piece of musical and visual storytelling.
Two: I remember going with my entire extended family to the movie theater to see it when it first came out.
I remember my Aunt’s elation at seeing that the Egyptians actually looked African, I remember how awesome it was to see the whales swimming within the walls of the parted Red Sea, I remember the quiet awesomeness of the burning bush.
This movie is amazing.
As a girl, my dearly departed and much-loved cousin Janice gave me her copy of the movie’s soundtrack.
One of the songs in the movie is “Deliver Us”…and I cry every time I hear it.
Being a Christian and thus being spiritually related to our ancient, enslaved Hebrew brothers and sisters…I felt a connection to the slaves shown. Heck, being a human and seeing any suffering, you should be moved. And then being Black and being related to slaves of our own time…seeing the pain, seeing the spirit of the Hebrews as they continued on, is overwhelmingly powerful. And hearing them cry out to be delivered…I just can’t hold back m’tears y’all. (I guess I can’t hold back m’accent either when we get to this level of real-dom)
And then, to see Moses’ mother sing to him in Hebrew and run with him, risking her and all her children’s lives to save her tiny baby…as they watch the other children be slaughtered…as a mother….you know what I feel:
And then that level of devastation increases 100fold when legendary Israeli singer Ofra Haza sings the “The River Lullaby” with trills and deep singing that touches your soul and makes your bones start remember something you feel like you’d almost forgotten.
To then see an innocently jealous baby Ramses reach for his distracted mother (alluding to their future rivalry), to hear the shrill, pained, yet hopeful cry of Jochebed, Moses’ mother at the very end of the song…this movie is beautifully made and deep, if you’re deep enough to really look.
I also love the soundtrack, which features this amazing acappella by Boyz II Men:
A beautiful duet by Mariah Carrey & Whitney Houston:
This is an amazing movie.
And I can’t wait to watch it tomorrow with the family.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter (if you celebrate) and if you don’t know what Easter is learn more here:
(Love that! It is so touching. And then there’s an awesome party. Those are the kind of church services I seek out for our family. And if you don’t know Lakewood Church, it’s like that every Sunday; a celebration. ^_^)
Ok, I’m not a Mormon, but those last two movies (above) are good too!!!
And sorry that they were just inspiring, and not really informative.
If you want to know who Jesus is/was…then do some research. Be skeptical. Read. Go to a church and challenge a priest, a preacher, an Elder! If you get kicked out and go to a different place. If they challenge you, read the Bible, deeply, and challenge them right back. Just like Jesus did. Find someone who will explain to you who Jesus is and why they follow him, if you’re curious. If you’re not, that’s cool too.
Me: I think Jesus was awesome. He was smart. He was also a kid genius when he was little. Lots of people thought he was “the chosen one” and many people came from far away countries to see him. Later, lots of people wanted him dead bc he was anti-establishment but he really wasn’t… but I guess he kind of was.
He was a good man. He loved everyone: liars, cheats, prostitutes, the self-righteous, the wronged. Everyone. He was…a good guy. An awesome ancient Palestinian/Israeli Jewish Rabbi. A healer, a mystic, a scholar, a friend. And he died…well actually he was sentenced to death by the very people he tried to help…but then…something awesome happened….and that awesome thing is why we celebrate Easter.
But basically I think he was a special guy. I agree with the Edgar Cayce teachings, Gnostic Gospels, the Bible, the Midrash, The Ethiopian Bible. I think Jesus was an awesome man. And I think the world is an unbelievable place. And I know God is real. And I think Jesus is pretty cool. We are all on a spiritual journey and its up to us how deep we go.
If you’d like to be a part of an Easter Celebration: go to any local church tomorrow/today. Churches are a bit different depending on what kind it is (Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Methodist, Pentecostal, Russian/Greek/Eastern Orthodox) . But basically, there are old traditional churches, churches that sit quietly and burn candles…. and churches that party and play electric guitar (I like them all, but I like the party churches the best ^_^) But they’ve all got something to offer.
If you don’t want to leave the house or can’t, check out Joel Osteen…their Easter Celebrations are pretty awesome too
p.s. You can probably borrow the movies and all the music mentioned from your local library. Or rent on amazon via the links above, or even search on Youtube for clips.
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p.p.p.p.(this is getting ridiculous)p.s (The picture is “Buddy Christ” from the movie “Dogma”.