Friday, April 22, 2011

Lenten Journal Day 39

The past two years I have participated in our Stations of the Cross at church. First year, I made a teardrop to sit in the spot of station eight. Second year, I made a bag, Simon of Cyrene's bag, and placed it in the spot for station number five. I didn't come up with these ideas on my own. God told me to make those things, and it was powerful for me to feel such a presence, that Holy Spirit inside me rising up and talking too loudly to ignore. This year, He told me to write, and so I have. And here we are, yesterday starting "real time" in a march, a pounding and plodding with all the while the anticipation rising as the cross is laid on Jesus, as they nail it to Him and Him to it. And Sunday comes, the day He rises and says all is done. I have died for you. And I have risen for you. And I have left Me in your hearts and souls and gut for you. Did you notice? Do you feel me? I was there and I am here. For you. All this acted out now, in "real time".

But why?

This year in all this writing I realized that last year when I made that bag and I asked those people to put their Ebenezers in it and I asked them to write the hard stuff - the blessings and the burdens and verses that carry them through- on rocks to add to my bag, I did not look back. Occasionally I went through and read these rocks, these moments in a community's life, but I have not shared them properly. And so, today, on Good Friday, I share them with you. So as we walk the road to Calvary today, you will know why. Why, in my little corner of this world, Jesus sacrificed Himself. Just for us.

John 15 - I am the true vine....
mom and dad
Psalm 73
John 16:33 - In this world....
Jeremiah 29:11
Psalm 91
Broken family
Psalm 78
Broken sexuality
S of S 2:7
2 Cor. 5:17
A dark night
While I was yet a sinner
Broken chains
To be free is to share free
money burdens
chronic illness
unfailing love
no condemnation in Christ
Bring my soul out of prison
Mark 9:24
Psalm 27
Thy name is redemption
Philippians 4:13
Philippians 4:13
Columbia 2009 - 10
John 1:14
James 1:19-20
John 6:68
I Peter 3:3-4
Genesis 1
Isaiah 61:1-4
Holy Spirit within
the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge
plans to prosper
Ephesians 1:7-8
John 10:10
Matthew 11:28
Daniel 2:20-23
Luke 1:46-55
I will trust
I will draw them with loving kindness
Great is thy faithfulness
Romans 8:4
Thou, O Lord, art my only good...
Ephesians 4:8
Grandpa and Grandma
John 3:16
Psalm 55:23
John 14:27
Isaiah 25:6-8
Go therefore and make disciples
Hebrews 10:14
Psalm 107
Revelation 22
my family
Isaiah 53:1-12
Matthew 17:20
I John 3:1
Psalm 51
John 14:12
Galatians 2:20
Seek first the kingdom of God...
Hebrews 13:5-6
Joshua 1:6
He was crushed for my sin!
Hebrews 13:5
Revelations 21:4
Ephesians 3:16-17
My friend Marie and her illness has brought me close to the one we both love.
Mark 11:9
I Cointhians 1:18
Father, into your hands I commit thy Spirit
Psalm 84
John 1:1
Philippians 1:2
I Samuel 16:7
Romans 8:26
Psalm 105:4
John 10:10
John 6:28
They shall be called oaks of righteousness
I Corinthians 12:4
Psalm 138
John 3:16
Romans 1:5
Psalm 51
For by the grace
Philippians 2:5-11
Hosea 2:16
Romans 8:18
Mr. Isaac
Eph 1:18
James 1:12
financial provision
John 14:1-7
My wife.
Titus 3:9-11
I Corinthians 14:33
John 8:11
I Corinthians 13
Isaiah 53:11
Deuteronomy 32:4
Proverbs 3:5-6
Romans 5:1-11
Hebrews 12:2
Philippians 2:11
Mark 9:23
Philippians 4:19
Ephesians 4:26
Romans 8:38-39
loss of a child
Deuteronomy 31:8
Psalm 37:8
Psalm 73: 26,28
I John 3:19-20
Psalm 23
Romans 7:24
Ephesians 4:32
Luke 23:34

(All of these rocks were collected in about three hours and one bible study - and only if people felt drawn to add something to the bag. Abundant is one blessing...)


  1. I have been so blessed by your writings. You are such a gift to me and so many others:) I loved all of your stations. I love how you love the Lord with all your heart and soul. It is truly inspiring:)