Saturday, March 30, 2013

Words for Easter



The King of Kings
Stepped down from his throne and
Nailed to a gnarled tree
In astounding obedience
And in perfect love
Traveled the road to the cross

The road to the cross
Did not begin at Gethsemane
The road: narrow and solely traveled
Began in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, where Christ Jesus
Made himself nothing, a servant
Humbled to the form of a man
Knowingly walked toward death, even death on a cross

Knowingly walked while
Calling the disciples to Him
Knowingly walked while
Teaching from a mountainside
Knowingly walked while
Healing the sick and bringing new life
Knowingly walked while
The people sang Hosanna – Blessed is He
Knowingly walked while
The plot to take His life was formed
Knowingly walked while
One of His own betrayed Him with a kiss
All to fulfill the scriptures
All to reconcile a wayward child

A wayward child who
In acts of disbelief and disrespect
In bouts of fear and mistrust
In defiance and independence
Ran from the Father
Denied the truth
Acted on selfish impulses
Ignored teaching
And valued their own strength above all
A wayward child who
Regardless
Was called beloved
Beloved
Separated by sin and
In need of forgiveness
This forgiveness found only one way

If there is any other way, “Take this cup from me”
A sorrowful prayer spoken in the final hours
No, Son is the Father’s reply
The grandest sacrifice of His Only Son
That we may have life

Life
Through the shedding of blood
A scornful death
Nails driven through hands and feet
A crown of thorns mockingly given to the Lord of all
Struck and spit upon, heaped with insults
The time had come and
He gave up His spirit

He gave
It was not taken
But instead, given
Given in a powerful act of
Redeeming Love that washed us clean
White as snow
And tore the veil
That we may have communion with Him

Communion with a living Lord
Living
Because the cross did not defeat
Death was conquered
Three days later
In an entrance of thundering earthquakes
And appearance like lightening
He had risen

He has risen,
He has risen indeed.

-SJK


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Little Easter

Take a 5 minute break from your busy life and watch these beautiful children teach us about Jesus.
The story isn't perfect, but I found such joy in looking at the gospel through the eyes of little ones - such simple truth.




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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate: A Book Review




Mallory is destined for Daniel from the start.  Within the first pages of Lisa Wingate’s Firefly Island they literally collide – a move that seems to slightly bump everything else in to place (or maybe out!).  While she may have been prepared for destination Daniel Everson Mallory didn’t realize that a geographical destination (or shall we say, relocation) was right on her heels, too.  One whirlwind romance, one U-Haul trailer, and one doozy of a ride later, suddenly Mrs. Mallory Everson finds herself in Moses Lake, Texas – with the two men she’d cross the ocean (or in this case, the barren plains) for… new husband Daniel, and Nick – his precious little boy.

The adventure that ensues is definitely more that she planned. But there’s more going on beneath the surface in Moses Lake than what meets the eye, and Mallory may just find herself smack dab in the middle of it.

Romance. Mystery. Friendship. Loyalty. Ms. Wingate’s tale of small town Texas is one of a kind.
Lisa Wingate’s novel is a lovely read. The cowgirl in me loved the pictures of a sun-scorched Texas earth and tales of Pecos the dog. Rather newly married myself, I was encouraged by Mallory and 
Daniel’s new relationship – the hiccups and joys along the way.

I fell in love with Al – next door neighbor and cowgirl extraordinaire.

The mystery of Firefly Island was always simmering in the background, pieces revealed a little at a time… the telltale sign of a good read.  A perfect mix of casual reading and suspense, I enjoyed every page of Firefly Island.

I think you will, too.

*** With thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. 


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