Washing and Service

As I continue to read through the last week of Jesus’ life on earth, I come to the passage in John 13 when Jesus is washing the feet of His disciples.  When He gets to Peter, a powerful conversation occurs.  Peter feels uncomfortable allowing Jesus to serve him in this way.  He stops Jesus and says, “Never shall You wash my feet!”  A blatant refusal, Peter does not understand what is happening.  Jesus replies, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

What does that mean?   (more…)

Abiding

I have observed that often Jesus answered people’s issues not with a specific outcome, but with Himself.  Here’s what I mean:

John 11, as we looked at a few days ago, tells the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  Martha, in her grief, unable to receive Jesus’ reassurance that Lazarus would rise from the dead, answers Him saying, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus makes a profound statement.  He states, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  In John 14, Thomas asks Jesus to show him the way to the Father.  Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  (more…)

Monday of Holy Week

This week is always a special week for me.  Obviously, it is a special week in the life of every Christ-follower as this is the time of year when we focus on, and take in, the death and resurrection of our Savior.

I have been reading, in the different Gospel accounts, the story of this week again and again.  Today, I came across a passage that struck me and so I’m going to share my thoughts.  I have been reading from John 11 and 12.  Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem, where He knows He will die, and does a series of miracles along the way.   (more…)

Palm Sunday

What would it have been like to be part of the fickle crowd around Jesus?  I have often reflected on how I would have reacted to the major shift in thinking.  One week the people are praising Jesus as the Messiah.  The next week they had Him on a cross.  Am I like that, I wonder?  Do I change that quickly?

I remember visiting Israel and Egypt in 1988.  I was in college and we were studying there for just shy of a month.  We arrived in Egypt at one of 12 possible sites for Mt. Sinai and spent the night at St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Jebel Musa (Mountain of Moses).  We woke up at 3:00 AM and began to climb the path up the mountain to get to the top by sunrise.  Our breakfast consisted of some kind of incredibly sweet fruit juice (that was as thick as jam) and a piece of a fruit that I didn’t recognize.  That was it.   (more…)

Living in the Moment

I recently read a book called, “Coming Home to Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions” by Albert Haase.  What an amazing work this is!  I highly recommend it!  The author truly captures the struggle that we, as fallen people, have as we try to connect with God.  The following is my take-away from reading it, but I would encourage you to read it for yourself.

The bottom line is that we are most ourselves, most at home within our own skin and with God, when we are living in the present moment.  When we begin to dwell in the past, we are plagued by regret, grief, guilt, and shame.  When we try to live for the future, we struggle with anxiety and fear, feeling the need to control what is about to happen.  Focusing on either side of the spectrum creates in us a need to cope rather than live.  Hence, we need to pull back to the moment we are living in now in order to be our most authentic selves.   (more…)

What a Month!

So I haven’t posted a blog in over a month.  Let me fill you in…

At Christmas this last year I decided it was the right time to find my own place to live.  I had been living with a friend, and loved it, but really wanted my own space.  So I started looking.  I found this great 2-bedroom townhouse for a price I couldn’t pass up.  I put in the offer.  Within 2 days it was settled and we had a closing date.  I had 3 weeks to pack, set up utilities, change my mail, arrange for help moving, rent the moving truck, buy a new kitchen table, sell the old one that wouldn’t fit, and work full-time through the whole thing.  I’ve been very tired. (more…)