Lent 40: using gifts

27 03 2013

Palm Sunday. Triumphal Entry. Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, a humble animal to say the least. Prophecy fulfilled. Praises offered.

Lent 40: using giftsOne of the ways we honor this humble King today is by using our God-given gifts.

On Palm Sunday at Christ Covenant, I was once again touched by the gifts within our church community. I am touched and blessed by the multitude of gifts used on any given Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Day 43: the crosses I wear

20 04 2011

John 12:27-36.

crosses

I love the crosses I wear. Many were gifts from people I care about, several were crosses I bought while visiting somewhere special, others were simply something I liked in a store with no special significance—just a cross I like. There are some days when I have a hard time deciding what cross to wear, because I like them all so much.

Now that I’m in Holy Week, and the remembrance of THE cross is getting closer, I’m realizing something embarrassing: when I put on various crosses, I rarely think about the cross Jesus died on. Rather, I think about where the cross is from, who gave it to me, and what situation or event it reminds me of in my own life.

I’ll set aside my guilt for a moment–the guilt over not focusing on THE cross when I wear my crosses. And I’ll do a bit more reflecting over the rest of this week. The cross that Jesus carried and died upon, was from the Holy Land. It was given to him by religious leaders, soldiers, ordinary people. But I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it was a gift to Jesus.

The cross was, and is, a gift from Jesus. To us. Though he probably had moments of concern (12:27), this time—the cross—was the reason he came. To glorify God by saving the world.





Day 31: listening ears

8 04 2011

listening ears

Kajsa started in a dance class a couple of weeks ago at the YMCA. She loves it, of course. And she’s thrilled that her teacher is someone she already knows. It’s so fun to watch her dancing around the house now, trying out new moves that she wasn’t so much trying a few weeks ago.

Each week after dance class, the kids get a sticker on their card, if they brought their “listening ears”. Great idea, Miss Amie! Kajsa’s 2 for 2, now, thankfully!

In the John 11 passage, Jesus has this slightly strange prayer to God, before he called Lazarus out of the tomb: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” (John 11:41-42)

Jesus is clearly talking to God about God listening. And though the prayer seems a bit strange, it’s also comforting that Jesus talked to God like this. But let’s think, for a moment, about our own communication.

How good are we at bringing our “listening ears” along in our daily routines?

Where is there room for improvement?

And if we aren’t taking time to listen to God on a regular basis, what needs to change in order for that to happen?