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LAMB: Maundy Thursday

Friday, March 21, 2008


" For our paschal lamb, Christ has been sacrificed."--1 Corinthians 5:7

The lamb, an ancient animal, an image as old as the exodus from Egypt.

:" Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world !" John the Baptist's words began your ministry among us.

And now, this night, as we celebrate the last meal you shared with friends, we remember you were " like a lamb that is led to the slaughter."

And so we sing: Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Elayne's Personal Reflection:

Jesus was the Lamb. He was slain. He died for our sins. He knew what was going to happen the next day. He tried to prepare his disciples, but they could not understand. Every time I see a picture of a little lamb, I think of Jesus as that little Lamb. I also think of him as their Shepherd, and we are the sheep. How beautiful.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for being willing to be the Lamb that was slain for me. I cannot imagine how it must have been for you knowing you had to die to save me and us.
Your loving daughter,
Elayne



  


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,
Elayne

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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
Kat

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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, ...it 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,
Elayne

  
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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
Kat

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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,
Elayne



  
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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
Kat

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PALM SUNDAY

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,
Elayne

  


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