I wrote this paper for school last week, and then realized it was perfect for Easter, and just in time for it too, so I decided to share it today.
I honestly do not know why I chose to read Richard III for Great Books this year. I recall seeing it on my list of books, after I had long forgotten picking it, and thinking something along the lines of What was I thinking? or What have I gotten myself into?
The fact remains: it’s an odd play. Not to mention, a bit disturbing. It is a story–not surprisingly–about Richard III. Richard is a discontented man, with no friends, no pretty lady to court, and nothing to do.
“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.” (4)
Out of this boredom, he sets out to become king of England. The play follows this power-hungry, dissembling villain as he works his way up the hierarchy and pays mercenaries to murder off all other potential heirs.
Continue reading When We Need a Hero: Observations on Richard III
Jesus Christ is risen!
Our King is more powerful than death! Is that not worth celebrating?
Happy Easter, everyone!
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”
-Luke 24:5, 6
P.S. Sorry I didn’t get any more of The Sacrifice posted–we were pretty busy on Saturday! Busy in the Spring-break, lying-around-on-the-couch-with-my-siblings, going-to-movies way. 🙂 Anyway, sorry I never got it up, I’ll catch up on Tuesday. Or maybe you could twist my arm into posting tomorrow. . .
Today is quite the day, isn’t it? Am I the only one who thinks it’s perfect that Good Friday landed on March 25th this year? One real, one imaginary anniversary, that celebrate the triumph over evil.
The day love won.
But the reality of love is the cross. Tears–pain–darkness–blood–sweat–grime–wood splinters in your skin. God is love, and He loved us even when it meant abandoning His son to torture and death. To love someone is not to be made happy by them. It means choosing to hang on and never let go, and let them drag you through things you never wanted to experience and don’t know how to handle. Loving people is painful. —My Valentine’s Day post
We say Valentine’s Day is the day we celebrate love. But I think that it is today. Today, that true love was revealed to mankind.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
I was given a gift card to Sears at Christmas, and I used it today to buy myself an Easter dress! Okay, Mama and Dad might have paid for part of it. . .
It’s obviously been a long time since I got a new dress, because it’s not the fanciest thing I’ve ever owned, but I feel like Cinderella in her ball gown! 🙂 I think it’s the prettiest thing I’ve ever touched.
And Easter’s a whole week away.
It feels like forever.
But really, isn’t that a big part of what Easter is? Waiting for Jesus. Waiting for redemption. Waiting for the resurrection.
Easter is about new life, and things long hoped-for being placed in our hands as a gift, for today, and for forever.