Grateful for Passover and Resurrection…

DSCN6823It was a busy week here-Holy Week is especially busy for anyone who works in a church, and I know all the pastors, staff, and musicians are welcoming a quiet week to rest. What a week! We started here with Passover and snow flurries, and ended up with Resurrection Sunday and drizzle. I guess you could say we started the week with the Lamb and ended with the Lion of Judah :). Happy April! Here’s my gratitude list of the week:

3 gifts Passover:

  • kitchen full of sisters-in-Christ, chopping, washing, laughing
  • remembering what He did in Egypt, Jerusalem, and this past year in our lives
  • a quick view of the moon between snowflakes

A gift sung, written, painted:

  • Worthy is the Lamb…
  • ” ‘Today shalt thou be with me in paradise’. What had been hoped for the future is here as a present possibility… If these same words had been spoken by our Lord to the penitent thief at a time and place when each of them still had fifty years to live, they would have meant the same. For these words do not refer so much to the place to which they were going, by virtue of their common death, as to the new relationship into which they had entered by reason of faith. ‘To be with me in paradise’ is not primarily a promise for the future but a possibility for the present. For to be with Jesus Christ, whenever and wherever it takes place, is to be in paradise. It is an experience that doubtless will become more perfect and complete when we have passed beyond the limitations of this mortal live. But that does not preclude its beginning here within the limitations of this mortal life…There is no heaven, no paradise possible in another world for those who have not begun, however imperfectly, their experience of it here…” Howard Hageman in Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent
  • eggs painted by creative childrenDSCN6810



3 gifts almost gone:

  • last snow of winter (or last snow of spring?)
  • overwintered spinach from the garden
  • Lenten season of reflection

3 gifts redeemed

  • frozen morning turning into beautiful spring dayDSCN6824
  • Me! All of me! Redeemed and sanctified because of what He did, not me. It is finished!
  • a rough day trying to get back into school, but then we did

3 gifts entwined

  • sapphires, gold and friendship
  • bread, wine, and gratitude and the Bread and the Vine and Eucharisteo
  • the body of Christ

3 gifts of His promises:

  • Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” John 20:28-29
  •  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” 1 Corinthians 30-31
  • “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5

A gift heard, held, hoped for:

  • drums, choir and the Easter Song
  • sweet girl by her daddy in her time of need–such a picture of the Father holding us up when we can’t stand on our own
  • After two straight days of rain, blue skies right before sunset

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