From Barrenness to New Life

The land is barren and dry as we began our Lenten journey. As we stand on the barren road, a cross placed on our foreheads we hear, “From dust you came; to dust you shall return.” On that dry barren Lenten weary road, I sometimes find myself wanting to just sit down and rest; to wait until someone comes along so we can walk together along this weary road. This road seems so very long with no end in sight.

Yet eventually we come to the end of the road where Jesus is now riding on a donkey. Cloaks being laid out on the road and palm branches waving in the air; heralding his arrival. Jesus triumphantly entering and his followers escorting him into town. Yet there still not quit there. They are standing outside the gates to Jerusalem. On this road, I too find myself wanting to not take another step. What will I see or what will happen if I continue along this Lenten weary road.

There is so much that happens in this most holiest of weeks: the washing of the disciples’ feet, the gathering at the table, Jesus’ crucifixion and death and then the empty tomb. The truth is we cannot have Easter without experiencing the reality and pain of the rest of Holy Week. Easter cannot come without traveling through each of these holy days as we experience and witness the cost of God’s love as Jesus dies on the cross for all of us.

As we walk along this weary road, I know that more than ever I am in need of the Easter promises. I need to be reminded again and again that life not death has the final word. “Easter says you can put death in the grave, but it won’t stay there (Clarence W Hall)

Easter blossoms from the empty barren Lenten road to a road scattered with new life. Butterflies flutter around the empty tomb. Tulips sprout forth on that cracked barren Lenten weary road. Paraphrased from Psalm 30:5, “Death comes for the night, but joy; Easter joy comes with the morning.”

But before we can get there, me must first wallow in this week. We must experience all it has to offer. We must sit at the Holy table knowing we will be welcomed even if we deny or betray Christ like Peter and Judaea did the night before his death. We must let our feet be washed by the master. We must stand at the foot of the cross watching as Jesus breathes his last; hearing him utter, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” We must stand vigil and lay his body to rest in the tomb.

But then on Easter morning, we must proclaim that death has been defeated. The grave is empty. The road is no longer cracked and barren but is busting forth with new life. We must triumphantly declare, “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”

Linking up with Holly and the Ra Ra linkup, Mary and Tell His Story, Sue and Let’s Have Coffee!

Sunday Blessings 249

(1) A pick me up from Deja Brew

(2) Fun mail

(3) Watching our community come together during a time of loss.

(4) A great day in Minot with RD, KD etc.

(5) Olive Garden goodness!

(6) Kind words

(7) A great Palm Sunday!

(8) Running into JR and others in Minot

(9) Luna Lovegood and all her silliness!

(10) An awesome PLN

Lacking Nothing?

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung over at our Five Minute Friday website. Today’s word prompt is “lack.” We would love to have you join us.

There is food on my table.

There is a pillow for me to lay my head at night.

There are people I love.

Yet I look around my community

Around our world

And I see there are many

Lacking these things.

Some are sleeping in their cars.

Some are on friends couches.

They are searching for food.

How can we help those who are lacking?

As Holy Week begins, I can’t help but think of Jesus

Jesus was lacking nothing

Yet he died on the cross.

Jesus came because God loves us all so much.

We lack nothing

When we are surrounded and embraced

By God’s love!

Sunday Blessings 248

(1) KD bringing me craft supplies and other stuff for church. Also attending a speaker together.

(2) Messaging with ACK and making plans for this weekend.

(3) A fresh Spring rain

(4) Fun April Fool’s joke

(5) Fun new tshirts! I am such a sucker for fun new tshirts!!!

(6) Answered prayers that I have prayed during my Lenten practice for others. I love when I get praise report messages back after praying for my friends.

(7) New Spice and Tease teas!!!

(8) Lunch and catching up with ACK!

(9) Mama Mia with KS

(10) A beautiful PLN

(11) Running into CO and GO at the eye doctor and having My Swirl with them.

(12) GO walking Luna!

(13) Luna loving on ACK

(14) Youth for Christ banquet with JK

(15) A good eye doctor appointment

The Greatest Offering

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung over at our Five Minute Friday website. Today’s word prompt is “offer.” We would love to have you join us.

A crown of thorns

upon his head

Nails driven

Unto his hands

Blood spilled out.

Last words spoken

Father, forgive them,

For they know not

What they are doing.

Last breath taken

On that dark dreary Friday night

Then sheer utter silence.

Tears falling from Mary’s face

Her son no longer alive

Laid in a tomb

His life given for all.

Three days later

The first women preachers

Come to the tomb

And find it empty,

Where is our Lord?, they ask.

The grave has been overcome

Death has been defeated

God’s greatest offering!

Sunday Blessings 247

(1) A text from a dear friend who I haven’t heard from in a really long time. Thanks JCK!

(2) 60 degree weather

(3) Walking Luna outside on these beautiful Springlike days

(4) Speaker with KD

(5) Cute new shoes

(6) Watching Mary Poppins Returns

(7) A 5 year old running up to me at the children’s sermon to tell me it was her 5th birthday and that she had her birthday pennies ready to go!

(8) Winning a prize at my friend’s 31 page/drawing

(9) Laughter

(10) Yummy Pork Burgers from Blue Apron

(11) Bandcake breakfast with KD and family

(12) Laughter

(13) Return of American Idol. So many talented artists!