Friday, April 3, 2015

Holy Week
Holiday's tend to get cluttered with a list of things to do that blur the meaning of the season.
On my "to do" list is decorating the church with flowers.  It takes over a portion of my focus until it is done, and I am here to report that the largest part of the decorating is done. We also have our family coming to celebrate Easter! This is most exciting!  I've been cooking ahead and feel confident that no one will go hungry.  The beds are ready for the little ones and there are fresh towels in the bathrooms. Eggs are dyed, plastic eggs stuffed and little buckets await the kids egg hunt on Sunday afternoon.   
The children won't arrive until this evening which gives me this afternoon to just be. Sweet!
 
 I thank God for His gift to all mankind, Jesus.  He lived, He suffered, He died for each one.  He calls us to himself so that we might live in eternity.  I'm thankful for His calling, His love, and personal gift to me.  The scriptures I have read and meditated on this week are from Psalm 139. Take a moment to read it, and insert your name as if it is written to you.
 
My pastor read this to a very dear friend this week, while we visited her in the hospital. Her face lit up and she took in every word.  She has eternity to look towards, and it is not a small thing.  This is how God speaks to us by using David's words.
 
The text is taken from the New American Standard Bible on Bible Gateway.

God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.
A Psalm of David.
139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know [a]when I sit down and [b]when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You [c]scrutinize my [d]path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 [e]Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark [h]to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my [i]inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for [j]I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My [k]frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20 For they speak [l]against You wickedly,
And Your enemies [m]take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any [n]hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!
Oregon Fawn Lily
from the Oregon woodland.


3 comments:

  1. I love this Psalm! Happy Easter to you and yours! He is Risen!
    Did your pastor read the psalm to who I think he did? Re--our recent conversation...

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  2. Beautiful. He is Risen indeed! God bless your Easter gatherings.

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  3. Easter is my favorite holiday. I love Christmas, but Easter is the culmination of Christmas. God came in the flesh so that He would give His life for all. Death did not keep Him down, He conquered death. "He arose, He arose, Hallelujah, Christ arose."

    Have a lovely Easter ~ FlowerLady

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