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VULTURES: Wednesday of Holy Week

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"...there the vultures will gather."--Matthew 24:28

It was close enough to the end that I suspect you already saw the vultures circling overhead. They are foreboding creatures, predators after easy prey.

We know of "vultures" in our own midst. predators after easy prey/

Even so, vultures gather for the sake of food, part of the circle of life. What was death to the carrion is life to the birds.

Later, in the night when you would become easy prey, your followers would circle around you and you would say, "Take, eat. This is my body."

What was death to you is life to me.

Elayne's Personal Reflection:

I used to hate to see the vultures circling above in the sky. I knew something had died when I saw them. But now I understand they have to eat as well, and they clean up all the death of the other animal. Nothing is wasted.

When Jesus died on the cross, his death cleaned me up too. I was cleansed of my sins, and will be for ever more. His death on the cross for him was gruesome, to be sure. But his death means life to me and to all of us.

Dear God,
Help me remember what you Son went through for me this week. Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, the day of The Last Supper. Help me put into perspective what happened from here on our this week. Thank you for loving us so much your sacrificed your Son for us.
Your loving daughter,

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46A39P 3/21/2008 11:04AM

    Thank you for sharing this. He suffered so. For us. I love Jesus.

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MOMZILLA52 3/20/2008 5:51AM

    This day by day walk with the Lord is such a positive reminder, and chilling to think of all He went through for us. Thanks for sharing the holy week walk with us. It means a lot.

Love and prayers

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CORPSE: Tuesday of Holy Week

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Wherever the corpse is..." Matthew 24:28

We look for signs and you, Lord, tell it like it is. Wars and rumors of wars...nations against nations...famines, earthquakes, hatred, betrayals, is a dire picture. But honestly, that's the script that's been playing out ever before and ever since. Nothing new there. Which means, perhaps, you would not want us to read these events like spiritual tea leaves...

...but to see them, to what they point to. You point us to where this whole season is pointing us. Which is to...

...a corpse? Yes, to your corpse, to the place where you would give your life. For me.

It was more dire than I thought. And yet, more amazing !

Elayne's Personal Reflection:

As I continue on this journey of Lent, to the day when Christ was killed and died for me, I still have difficulty in understanding why he would do such a thing. The more I read about the Resurrection Story, and see what God's plan was, I begin to see once again, year after year, that it had to be this way. The answer is at the foot of the cross. God loved us , you and me, so much, that he sent his Only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us. To take away our sin forever. What kind of love is this? There is no greater love. I will be looking for his corpse, his body later this week. Joy will come in the morning of the third day. Our tears will be wiped away, and joy and amazement will fill our faces as we see the whole Easter Story unfold once again.

Dear God,
As I begin the walk with your Son to the cross this week, help me to fully understand what had to transpire and why this had to happen as I become angry at the people involved. I find it so difficult to understand why your Son had to die for doing nothing wrong. They would free a murderer and hang Jesus on the cross. Help me to forgive them, Father, like you Son asked you to do. Help me to feel the pain and anguish Jesus went through on Friday. Help me be in prayer for those 3 hours as he hung on the Cross. Then help me to look forward to Easter morning, and to rejoice in H is Resurrection.
Your loving daughter,

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MOMZILLA52 3/20/2008 6:12AM

    My favorite verse and picture of our loving Savior!

Thanks for sharing todays thoughts with me

Love and prayers

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BIRTH PANGS: Monday of Holy Week

Monday, March 17, 2008

"...all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs." Matthew 24:8

Funny, Lord, all the signs you spoke of sounded more like the death and destruction of things. Awful things. Painful things.

That you say, is only the beginning.

These signs of your coming, you say, are only the beginning of new life.

Like the creation groaning in the pain of labor.
Like the birthing pains of a newborn baby.

Like my own newborn birth in the waters of faith.

Your coming is new life!

Amen. Come Lord Jesus !

Elayne's Persona Reflection:

I look forward to Christ's coming one day. I look forward to a new life, a new body, a healthy body. This week I will mourn Christ's death, and rejoice when he has risen on the third day, Easter Sunday. This will be a week of reflection atonement and repentance.

Dear Lord,
I pray that I may be focused on you this week and see all that you have gone through for me. I am so very grateful, although I still don't fully understand why your father's plan had to be the way it was for you and for me. But I don't have to understand it. All I have to do is believe, and I do.
How can I say Thank You? There is no way I can do that. I can say that I love you, and thank you for loving me.
Your loving daughter,

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DENISE824 3/18/2008 10:13AM

    I pray that I may be focused on you this week and see all that you have gone through for me.

This is also my prayer for this week. Thanks for posting!

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MOMZILLA52 3/18/2008 5:12AM

    Even so, Come Lord Jesus! Amen to this devotion this morning. This is mine also.

Love you

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Monday, March 17, 2008

For us by wickedness betrayed,
Fir us, in crown of thorns arrayed,
He bore the shameful cross and death.
For us he gave his dying breath.

Looking back at this week in review, we learned about the Hen gathering her her brood under her wings, and saw that jesus is like the Mother Hen, protecting all of us.

We learned about Christ's grief at our own unwillingness to receive his gifts for us. We have failed to be open to his lovingkindness.

We learned about the Earth, and how we have messed it up almost to the brink of being beyond repair. How God must morn and grieve for what we have done to his vreation.

We also explored the Land, and saw how it mourns in silence. The land was watered by Christ's own tears. We saw how Jesus wept in Gethsemane, and how the Land mourns because it is so broken by us, humankind.

We looked at the World and saw how it showed forth God's Glory in spite of its brokenness. All the creatures, hens, foxes, donkeys, doves, camels, vultures, ect, ...they are all your creation. We asked that Christ would heal our hearts.

And last, but certainly not last, we watched and asked for a Sign from the Lord. A sign to tell us of His coming. e learned that the sign of the Cross is really all we need.

The we come to Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. we watched Jesus ride into Jerusalem on a donkey. Yes, Jesus, our King, riding into the Holy City and beginning what was foretold. whe week in which he will be crucified, buried, and will rise on the third day. We look forward to Easter..

Dear God,
I ask that you prepare our hearts for this Holy Week, and let us remember all that your Son went through for us so that we may live in eternity and never be separated from your love. Let us be there with Jesus and the disciples and experience what it must have been like. Let us see the images before us as we read the scriptures and pray. In your name I pray,
Your loving daughter,


SIGN Saturday's Theme

Saturday, March 15, 2008

"Tell us...what will be the sign of your coming?"--Matthew 24:3

Lord, give me a sign. That's all I ask.

It is a question, that, in so many words, we're still asking you, O Lord,. It just seems to be a part of human nature, or my nature.

want to know...And you seem to never hesitate to answer.

Usually, though, after you tell me, I wish I wouldn't have asked.

In the end, I'll stick to the sign of the cross. It's the only sign I really need.

Elayne's Personal Reflection:

This could have been me writing this devotion today. I don't know how many times in my life I have asked God for a sign, I remember when we were looking for a house we found one that I really liked, and my DH liked it too. I asked God for a sign. Now mind you, we had walked all around the house, both inside and out, looked on all the window sills, and so on. Then my husband said, "Here, look at this . It was a very small,. tiny ceramic white DOVE ! It was not on that windowsill before. We had just looked over the house twice each on different occasions. We even asked the people we were going to buy the house from later if that was their little dove. They had never seen it before! I still have that dove today. DH glued it to a tiny flat sea shell that was found next to it. Yes, God, you gave us a sign.!

Dear God,
Yes, the cross is a wonderful sign of your love for us and your great sacrifice of your Son so that we may live forever. But, for us, the dove and the sea shell were a sign from you as well. The white dove is the peace dove, and you have provided us with a peace like none other. We have a life of peace, and our home is a peaceful, loving home because you are the head of the house. Thank you so much for providing us with that sign, the dign of the white Dove of peace, so we would know that this was the home you had picked for us.
Your loving, grateful daughter,

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HUGSML 3/16/2008 9:24PM

  Oh Elayne, you really are a great encourager! What a wonderful testimony of God's love for us. He works in such wonderful and mysterious ways.

"I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 2

God bless you my sister-in-Christ,
Hugs Mary-Lou

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MOMZILLA52 3/16/2008 11:32AM

    The cross and Jesus rose again,,,,,what more do we need? What a beautiful devotion today, you are always a blessing.

Love you

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GRACED_BY_GOD 3/16/2008 5:27AM

    What a wonderful testimony! God truly answers prayers! You are such an inspiration to me!

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TMOMMA 3/16/2008 2:27AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. That is an awesome story. God is so wonderful to us!


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MELLY423 3/15/2008 10:09PM

    How wonderful! I'm glad God has given me signs over the years that "this too shall pass" when situations are rough! I believe He stretches us and when we get to the point where we are stretched as far as we THINK we can stand, He sends us a sign that helps us to stretch a little more! That's how I felt today when my parents approved my decision to move to middle school! :)

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SUNNYGAL2011 3/15/2008 9:24PM

    (((((you))))) while reading your blog.. i have chills from head to toe.. as yes I so BELIEVE in 'signs' that God gives us here on this earth.....
I also have 'white' feathers... my moma, me and my best friend... say they are angels feathers from their wings sent from God above....reminding us that our dear loved ones are near us....
I find them/see them in the strangest of places.... Once i had been at my dear cousin chones home dusting... and had dusted her tv area... so when i went back in that room to vaccum.. there was a white feather laying on her tv entertainment center... and I KNEW that it was her mom *my Aunt Betty'.. letting me KNOW she was with me there that day...and sometimes i see them even just floating down from Heaven to me... My mom and best friend have the same 'sign'...
We also love our cardinals(red birds) as we say they are signs from above from ones we have lost... thru death...
whenever we see a red bird (we think of them as good luck) and also we throw a kiss to them and make a wish....
so thank you for your blog... Its nice to know that others 'believe' in Gods signs sent to us from above. :)
God bless you my dear friend~

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