How did you spend the Holy Week during the pandemic?
You may have spent the last two years cooped up in your own home—waiting and praying for the pandemic to end so you can observe Holy Week the “normal” way you would.
Like you, many Filipinos missed visiting churches, going to prayer mountains, or simply spending a relaxing vacation with their loved ones.
Things will be a bit different this year.
As travel restrictions ease, churches have resumed religious activities while more and more people are travelling. In fact, the Manila Bulletin has reported that the government is preparing for the biggest Holy Week traffic surge.
If you’re wondering how you can spend a safe and meaningful Holy Week during the new normal, consider these 4 ways:
1. Spend time with God
The world needs your prayers, always.
Whether as an individual or as a family, the new normal is a season to spend more time with God. Close that door, open the Bible, and meditate on God’s Word.
Ask, “What have I learned during the pandemic? How can those experiences lead me closer to God? Jesus, what can I do to be more like You today?”
Apart from praying for protection, provision, and continuous healing of this nation, may your prayer times be as what CBN suggests on their article titled Lent: What Is It Good For? The days of Lent and Holy Week are a time of meditation, fasting and repentance. It’s a time to wage war against desires that may be contrary to God’s Word.
2. Spend time with family
Spending quality time with your family is one of the many things you can do during the Holy Week.
It doesn’t have to be a lavish out-of-town trip. You may simply gather at home and watch shows that foster good family values like forgiveness, or shows that teach what it means to give and share love like Jesus.
It could be a perfect time to express love, restore relationships, and create meaningful conversations with your family members.
3. Be wise and obedient
As you set foot once again onto the busy roads, remember that the threat of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus is still present.
Stay informed about the rules implemented in your community, churches, and the places you plan to visit—and obey them accordingly. Spend a safe and meaningful Holy Week by observing basic rules such as wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
Show how you value your God-given life and the lives of others. This Holy Week, honor God through your actions wherever you go.
4. Extend help
Aside from spending time with your loved ones, God also calls His people to show compassion to those who are in need.
You might feel as if the pandemic is over. You might think that everything is going back to normal. But truth is, many of your kababayans are still struggling because of the pandemic.
Observe a meaningful Holy Week by sharing hope to families in need. Support them by giving to humanitarian organizations, like Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines. As you experience more of Jesus this Holy Week, let others experience His love through you.
May you have a safe and a meaningful Holy Week!
Do you want to know more about Jesus, and the real meaning and importance of Holy Week in your life?