Can you look up the ten commandments? Kevin and I were going over them, and we only came up with 8.
- Luke 8:1-25
- Genesis 12:1-20
- Psalms 6:1-10
“No one lights a lamp and covers it with a bowl or puts it under a bed. Instead, it is put on the lamp stand, so that people will see the light as they come in.” Luke 8:16
I will bless those who bless you,
But I will curse those who curse you.
And through you I will bless all the nations. Genesis 12:3
I am worn out with grief;
every night my bed is damp from my weaping;
My pillow is soaked with tears. Psalms 6:6
I think I ended up oddly focused in on grief, blessing and light today based on the way Holy Week has left me wrung out and needing rest. Holy week has been long this year, and trying as I devoted myself more throughly than ever in the past, while still working to keep up with my Graphic Designer work.
At least I’m no longer in school and free to do such as I please (unlike the slaves that Abraham took amongst his wealth away from him homeland). Is it just me, or are some of the stories of the old testament a bit… Abrupt?
And the early psalms… A bit, violence and vengeance filled?
- Acts 10:34-43
- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
- Luke 24:1-12
“But God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,” Acts 10:40
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26
The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Luke 24:5
But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened. Luke 24:12
“He is not here, but has risen” are the words on the front of bulletin, and they have been much repeated today. I’ll admit, I’ve been looking forward to the race with Peter to the tomb, to the end of darkness and the glory of the resurrection.
Finally. We are here.
And today is a new day. And the start of a new life. I ended up finally giving in to the urges of many people in my life and joining the choir. As Jesus is raised from the dead, as of today I’ll be raising my voice (despite its shortcomings) in glory.
O God, on this day when the tomb of our Lord and Savior was found empty, we rejoice in knowing that Jesus is indeed resurrected and alive. Let us not forget the joy and hope we find in his resurrection. Help us be made new just as Christ was dead but rose again. Amen. – ELCA Prayer Ventures
I hope that easter finds you well, and surrounded by family. I hope that the joy of the day shines brighter than the darkness of good friday. I wish you all a heartfelt happy easter.