Smlwoman\’s Weblog

“Waiting for that golden moment when fear and desire die, and only the unspeakable reality of love remains. “

Blogging Lent:A Forsaken God? March 3, 2008

Filed under: Blogging Lent — smlwoman @ 3:07 pm

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” – Matthew 27:46

This has to be one of the most confusing statements out there for those of us who believe in the Trinity.  Some will say it is  because Jesus was at His lowest point with the sin of the world on His shoulders.  That Jesus just felt that God was far away.  (more…)

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Blogging Lent: Doing Above and Beyond February 25, 2008

Filed under: Blogging Lent — smlwoman @ 12:44 pm

Woman, behold your son: behold your mother(John 19:26-27).

passion-of-christ-on-the-cross.jpg 

Here’s Jesus on the cross.  He has been beaten to being unrecognizable.  He is still being mocked.  He is naked.  And he is still caring more about us then about Himself. 

He paid the price for us on that cross.  The price that should have been ours to bare.  That should be enough wouldn’t you think?  Would you expect Him to keep blessing us, and taking care of us?  (more…)

 

Blogging Lent “Paradise” February 17, 2008

Filed under: Blogging Lent — smlwoman @ 10:18 am

lily-cross-med.gif “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise” -Luke 23:43

I have had a hard time focusing on this thought.  It has been said that being absent from the body is being present with the Lord.  How hard is it to believe this when you are not sure if the person is “saved” or a believer? 

When my grandmother died I was devisated.  In her death as well as that I wasn’t here when it happened.  God provided a way for me to get here, I was in WI at the time.  And they kept her breathing tube in until I got here. I was with her when she took her last breath. 

When I arrived I asked for ten minutes alone with her.  I didn’t really get it, but they tried.  It was really only a few minutes.  

 I wanted to tell her one last time of the gospel of Jesus.  (more…)

 

Blogging Lent-Is It Human to Forgive February 9, 2008

Filed under: Blogging Lent — smlwoman @ 12:03 pm

Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34).

This has been a difficult thing for me to dwell on.  Mostly because I am too wrapped up in my current car trouble.  But it is nice to take my eyes off myself for this.  A good thing to focus on.

Jesus’s first saying brings me to my favorite verse/section in the Bible.  stephen-stoned.jpg 

Acts Chapter 7.  Stephen shows this same love for the lost.  He doesn’t cover his head and pray, “God let me die quickly so I don’t feel this pain.”  Instead he raises his arms to Heaven and prays, “Do not hold this sin against them.”    This is a normal human being who is showing the same love as Jesus did for the lost.  Have you ever cared about anyone, that you didn’t know, enough to pray for God to forgive their sins against you?  (more…)