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Passion Devotions

  • Ash Wednesday: Cleaning Dust

    On Wednesday, February 25 th, 2009

    Wednesday with mops, we scrub down the week weary and dusty from days. “Look at mine!” Tall Girl holds up her cleaning rag, trophy of due diligence. She’s got grime lines on cotton. “See mine? I got more.” Little Girl’s kneeling on floor next to sister, dangling her cloth, jubilant proof. Knowing your work really betters the world gratifies and I laugh delight, jo...

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  • Supply

    On Tuesday, March 25 th, 2008

    I know not what occupied me those long hours of the nailing; I only know that I was oblivious to the woods ringing with the pounding of the hammer across the hills last week. Spigots, they were, driven into the hearts of naked wood lined with the age of summers known, winters lived, exposed now in the chill of mid-March sun. Without a sound, the woods wept, news of their cry ...

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  • A Prayer for the Monday after Easter

    On Monday, March 24 th, 2008

    The windmill in the picket fenced garden beside the house is motionless this morning. I stand at the corner kitchen window eating a warmed Empty Tomb bun, gazing out on a stilled world, a sole sparrow chirping in the maple, a lost flake of lace drifting down. It is the Monday after Resurrection Sunday: today is the beginning of living Easter. Today crucify me, Lord. Today gi...

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  • Easter Devotional: Behold Your Lamb {Day 17}

    On Sunday, March 23 rd, 2008

    A series preparing hearts for Easter… (Day 17) We pause to listen to His Word, linger, lift up voice in prayer… then go live the Word. Listen to His Word (read): Matt. 28: 1-10 in ESV Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of...

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  • Empty!

    On Sunday, March 23 rd, 2008

    Seven Stanzas at Easter ~John Updike Make no mistake: if He rose at allit was as His body;if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the moleculesreknit, the amino acids rekindle,the Church will fall. It was not as the flowers,each soft Spring recurrent;it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddledeyes of the eleven apostles;it was as His flesh: ours. The same hinged...

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  • Faith Assured

    On Saturday, March 22 nd, 2008

    The house fills with the smell of roasting lamb. The pies, dark red strawberries oozing, spilling, are cooling on the counter. The Empty Tomb buns are rising. The Twelve Voices of Easter rise too. And the sun shines strong, the snow melts slow, the ice drips, drips, drips, and we have faith in the Resurrection of the Sonrising tomorrow,Spring and healing on His wings, Christ...

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  • Easter Devotional: Waiting {Day 16}

    On Saturday, March 22 nd, 2008

    A series preparing hearts for Easter… (Day 16) We pause to listen to His Word, linger, lift up voice in prayer… then go live the Word.   Listen to His Word (read): Matt. 27: 57-56 in ESV When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ...

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  • Easter Devotional: Crucified with Christ {Day 15}

    On Friday, March 21 st, 2008

    A series preparing hearts for Easter… (Day 15) We pause to listen to His Word, linger, lift up voice in prayer… then go live the Word.   Listen to His Word (read): Matthew 27:32-54 in ESV As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of ...

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  • Nothing but…

    On Friday, March 21 st, 2008

    (Yes, please, mute the music in the sidebar)

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  • Come to Angel Party!

    On Thursday, March 20 th, 2008

    As one who slips into the quiet of this place, we cordially invite you to join us at the celebration of the heavenly host. A lamb found! Note sent to the inbox: “I spent the better part of the afternoon copying and pasting your “Behold the Lamb” devotions to a Word Document. We’re a little behind, but I figured if we do one devotion per meal, and maybe...

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  • Easter Devotional: Keeping Watch {Day 14}

    On Wednesday, March 19 th, 2008

    A series preparing hearts for Easter… (Day 14) We pause to listen to His Word, linger, lift up voice in prayer… then go live the Word. Listen to His Word (read): Matthew 21:36-46 in ESV Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scatter...

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  • The Story with Answers

    On Wednesday, March 19 th, 2008

    While Passover 2008 isn’t until April 20, we think on these things as we prepare for Easter… I shouldn’t have been surprised when the questions came, probing, searching like a river rushing on. God knew they would. Did He not prophesy it millennia ago? “When your children ask their fathers in the time to come, saying, ‘What…?’” (Joshua 4:21). The time i...

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