Monthly Archives: March 2013

Good Friday

The Last Supper, by Bouveret, 19th century.

The Last Supper, by Bouveret, 19th century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday was Maundy Thursday. I’ve heard the term since I was young, but it signified nothing more to me than the Thursday before Easter, and time for another church service.

Recently I’ve learned that the name “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, or commandment. It refers to the commandment Jesus gave His followers during the night of His last meal with them: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34, 15:12).

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Thursday Intermission

As we look toward Good Friday tomorrow and the upcoming Easter celebration, today’s Intermission brings two songs to help focus our thoughts. First is “The Wonderful Cross,” performed by Phillips, Craig and Dean and based on the hymn by Isaac Watts.

I’ve shared this video before, a few months ago; but it’s worth sharing again in this season: “Wonderful, Merciful Savior.”

(Yes, they’re both performed by the same group; no, that wasn’t planned.)

Blessings to you on this Maundy Thursday.


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jesus_23 (Photo credit: biblevector)

Recently I was looking in Evernote for a specific quote about Advent. I’m almost certain I saved it, but I couldn’t find it. Not in the quotes notebook, not under blog ideas, not under resources … So I used the search function.

No luck.

But you know what I noticed?

When I looked through the search results, quite a few of them weren’t really for “Advent.” They were for “adventure.” (Yes, I do realize I should have typed the space. Shh.)

Now Lent, to me, has been a time of reflection, of seeking God, of quietly blessing other people. But the more I thought about it, I was drawn to the accounts in Scripture. And the time leading up to Jesus’ Crucifixion? Definitely an adventure.

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My Refuge

Lent Logo 2008

Lent Logo 2008 (Photo credit: jezobeljones)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress,

My God, in whom I trust!”


For He will give His angels charge concerning you,

To guard you in all your ways.

They will bear you up in their hands,

That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread upon the lion and the cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.


“Because He has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high,

because he has known My name.

He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

With a long life I will satisfy him

And let him see my salvation.”

–Psalm 91:1-2, 11-16, NAS;

you can read the complete Psalm here.

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Thursday Intermission

It’s Thursday again: The day we relax, take a break from the busyness of the week, and watch some videos.

This first one is based on a comic strip from a long-time favorite, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes.  I love the simplicity of it — and the fact that the artist didn’t try to add voices for the characters.

If you’d like a hug with your meal, here’s the restaurant for you. Tim’s Place is run by Tim Harris, and it’s billed as “the world’s friendliest restaurant.”

God bless you and yours today.

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“Who I Am to You”

Not sure who you really are? The Bible has a lot to say about who we are in Christ. For example …

You are complete in Jesus (Colossians 2:10).

You are alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5).

You are born of God, and the enemy cannot touch you (1 John 5:18).

You have the peace of God (Phillippians 4:7).

You have the One living in you who is greater than the one who is in the world
(1 John 4:4).

You are a new creation, a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7).

You are light in this world (Matthew 5:14).

You are God’s child (1 Peter 1:23).

You are loved by God (Ephesians 2:4, Colossians 3:12).

And, no matter who you are, what you’ve done or what you think of yourself, you are God’s beloved (1 John 4:11, 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 1 John 4:7) .

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Hiding From God

Hide and Go Seek

Hide and Go Seek (Photo credit: c.mcbrien)

He runs away, squealing and giggling, on sturdy preschool legs. Hiding his eyes, he knows I can’t see him. How could I? He can’t see me.

Small children love to play hide and seek. The thing is, they’re  incredibly bad at it. They’re at a place in their development where they believe that if they can’t see you, you can’t see them.

But what if that child never outgrew that belief?

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday! It’s that time again … time to take a break from your busy week. St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, so let’s explore the holiday.

While St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally and popularly celebrated by drinking beer and creating green rivers, that’s not precisely what Patrick was best known for. This video gives some of the story of the life of the man who served as missionary bishop to Ireland.

One of St. Patrick’s most famous and beloved prayers, known as The Breastplate of Saint Patrick, or the Lorica,  celebrates God’s presence with His children. This version is a beautiful rendition.

Or, if you’re just in the mood to see some Irish dance in flash mob form,  here’s this from Tourism Ireland in Sydney last year.

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Lent: A Time of Waiting

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

Matthew 4:1-2, NLT

The season of Lent is a period of preparation for Holy Week, leading up to Easter. It’s a time to draw close to the Lord, to seek Him in prayer, to lay aside those things that may take our time and attention away from Him.

For many, the season owes much of its spirit to those forty days Jesus spent in the desert in preparation for His earthly ministry. I’ve been thinking about that time in Jesus’ life. What did He do out there? What did He think about? Was He hearing music in the howling of the wind? As He was in communion with His Father, how keenly did He feel His human isolation? Was He considering what was to come? What happened during those forty days?

The Bible doesn’t really answer any of these questions. But I was reminded of something I shared here last year.  Produced by a seminarian, this devotional video speaks to these musings. May it speak to your imagination as it did to mine.


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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

Apparently ’tis the season, so … How about a little basketball? First up, a great story of sportsmanship.

Even if you’re not that into sports, you’ll probably enjoy “Sea Otter Hoop Dreams.” It features Eddie, a 15-year-old sea otter living at the Oregon Zoo.

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow!

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