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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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WORLD: Friday of the Fifth Week

Friday, March 14, 2008

"Ever since the creation of the world..." ----Romans 1:20

The whole world shows forth your glory. O God, in spite of its brokenness and our breaking of it. Foxes, donkeys, doves, camels, lions, vultures...all your creatures are signs of your creation.

Which is to say: we have no excuses.

And yet, to know that this is your creation is not enough to heal our brokenness. It would take a word from your own self , your Word-made -flesh , in Jesus if Nazareth, to heal a broken heart. Your cross would be planted in the midst of this very world, a tree of life to heal and make whole.

Speak, O Christ, your healing to my heart.

Elayne's Personal Reflection:

And so the theme continues: Brokenness and pain. Mourning. Selfishness. Self-centered behavior. Disregard for the living. Disrespect for God's creation...human and earthly creations. When does it stop? When will we ever learn? There are none so blind who will not see. Verbal and physical abuse. Me, Me, Me. If I have the newest car, a bigger home, the latest fashion, a pool bigger than then the Jonses's next door, a bigger raise, and the list goes on and on, then I'll stop mourning my poor lot in life. I want and deserve more than anyone else. If I just made more money...So what if I work 3 jobs to get what I want. Or, this isn't the latest so I'll just throw it away. Out goes the dishwasher, furniture, TV because it isn't "High Definition" like everyone is getting now. After all, I need it to watch the sport of the season.

Dear God,
I am so grateful that I do not live thinking like what I have posted above. I am so grateful that I know money and things are not what make me happy.
Forgive me, however, for not being as frugal as I can be. Help me to know what behaviors I need to be working on changing.

As we enter Holy Week, Lord, Help me focus on you and the importance of this week. Help me be there with you as your travel into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Help me be open and ready to repent and atone for my sins, and to be renewed in the Spirit as I look forward to celebrating your Resurrection.
Your loving and most grateful daughter.

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GRACED_BY_GOD 3/15/2008 3:55AM

    What a beautiful thought! Thanks for sharing it! You are a great inspiration to me in so many of the teams that we share. I really appreciate you!

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MOMZILLA52 3/14/2008 6:39PM

    This is a powerful reminder of what we need and what we want are two different things, God supplies our needs, and we need to learn not to live for our wants. Thanks Elyane

Love you

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GODZDESIGN95 3/14/2008 2:19PM

    The world is very materal driven. But the true worshipper knows Christ is above all. things like money, houses and etc perish. We set out eyes on the eternal. May we ever keep mind where our true help comes from and that is Christ alone. Praise him.

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