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Song Sunday

It’s about time, hey?

Busy days … life’s eternal excuse.

Some sweet friends left me Laura Story’s newest CD as a hostess gift last week. Thanks girls. This women speaks to the deep places in our souls that struggle with the realities of God. Love it.

Smiling today…

By last Sunday, I was completely blogged out. Hence the break.

After last night there is no way I could miss the opportunity to comment.  My, albeit hopeful, prediction was a Conservative majority. Polls pointed to the potential for serious vote splitting on the left, and I was (literally) crossing my fingers.  I don’t like political disappointment, though, so I didn’t get my hopes up.  Canadian politics is an uncertain game.

Lots I could say here… but I’ll just make TWO points:

First – Thirty One of Forty Six seats in the GTA. Conservatives, we got our breakthrough.

Second – Over 50% of Canadians outside Quebec voted Conservative.  That is a TURE majority.

So… had a very good feeling when I woke up this morning.   Rather proud of the senior statesman we get to call PM. 

Protected

Sitting in church yesterday I had this overwhelming vision of the wrath of God. As Pastor Ian talked about the justice of God, and His righteous inability to tolerate my sin, it was if I were suddenly facing a wall of fire.

I love the concept of grace… but I don’t like the idea of wrath.

Yet at the same moment the fire rose up before me, I felt this tremendous peace as a barrier of grace surround me.  We are protected by the very one whose perfection demanded our death.  What an amazing forgiveness.

It is an appeasement of the wrath of God by the love of God through the gift of God. – John Stott

Good Friday

Because this blog-marathon was for Lent, and because the culmination is literally around the corner, it seems wrong to blog about anything besides the coming of Easter this weekend.

Mom and I just chatted about the correctness of elevating (and celebrating) one day above another in our new-covenant faith. Yes, the events of Good Friday have guaranteed our salvation, sanctifying every day of our lives as holy to God. Still, we’re human, and we need reminders.  We need moments (and hours) where we’re forced to stop and remember and feel the weight of the sin Jesus carried to the cross.

So, I think it is right to observe Good Friday.  I’m off to a service in a few minutes… I love the quiet reverence of today. 

I came across this clip. There is something about a black-preacher… Something about visuals and music to help our souls remember the magnitude of today.

Maundy Thursday

Luke 22

1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people…

7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it…”

14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this…

35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.”

And he said to them, “It is enough.”

Tonight…

First let me say I am looking forward to having this blog thing DONE. I’ve completely enjoyed writing, and the challenge has knocked down any reservations I had about posting. However, I’ll appreciate less pressure to post, and the chance to put more time into what I do write. It’s hard to ‘wax eloquent’ when you’re posting daily from a full life. 😉

But today that full life held some special moments I’d like to share. My high school girls youth group hosted a jewellery party/dessert night to raise money and awareness for the plight of women and girls trapped in sexual slavery. What a neat opportunity for them, and they did a wonderful job!

We hosted for a Canadian group called Servants Anonymous, who work with girls in recovery. One arm of their ministry is a fair-trade jewellery program. Women in SA homes in Nepal create beautiful pieces that are sold in North American as a way to provide income for those considered outcasts in society. Neatest thing! The founder and a director came to share tonight, and our local representative brought mountains of amazing pieces!

The issue of sex trafficking and slavery has been near to my heart for a long time… so tonight was pretty special.

Watching my girls serve blessed me. They are pretty special too.

Aaaaand… SA did $1500 in sales 🙂

Oh, patience…

I don’t have much to say tonight. I feel spent…

For some reason my patience levels have been at an all-time low the last few days. Life, work, people… everything seems to be pushing buttons. That is all the detail you’re going to get, or we’d be here all night. (You are welcome.)

Honestly, the rising impatience isn’t pretty. Consuming my mind and heart and pulling my emotions to all kinds of nasty places.

At these moments I am shocked at the bleakness of my human heart.

Good chance to come face to face with my sin, isn’t it? I did ask for it.

Deep breath. Repentance. Prayer that I can let go of my need for thing to happen on my time table and in my way.

Annd… I think it’s time for bed.


From the granted path…

Ramblings from my head and heart, aiming to reflect glory on the One who is my Saviour.

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