Monthly Archives: February 2015

One Week after Ash Wednesday

2nd Station

Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross Psalm 51 v3-4

3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in mind.

4 Against you, you alone, I have sinned, I have done what you see to be wrong, that you may show your saving justice when you pass sentence, and your victory may appear when you give judgment,

Jesus is given his cross to bear. That statement couldn’t be more false…not HIS cross but mine. How many times a day does a person make a conscientious decision to do, say or act in a way that we know is not pleasing to God, but we do it any way. For me more times that I care to count. But yet, God is always ready and waiting to take me back. All I have to do is ask. God, the Father, is head over heels in love with me. To mnwe that thought is more than I can sometimes fathom.

In Hosea 11:8 God says, “My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.” Even when he was so upset with his people for turning to idols his heart still was flipping head over heels and his compassion aroused. What a loving, forgiving and full-of-kindness God we have!

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First Friday After Ash Wednesday

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The First Station

Jesus is Condemned to Die

Psalm 51 v1-2

1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great tenderness     blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

Today, the first station, Jesus is Condemned to Die and Psalm 51 David is crying out for mercy and tenderness. Jesus willing goes the cross for the sins of humankind. The word, humankind seems to soften the blow of Jesus going to the cross. However, let me change one word and see how it feels… Jesus willing goes to the cross for my sins. Wow, now, I am not feeling so good. Admitting Jesus died for my sins some how brings everything home. Me, Myself and I are responsible for my sins, my choices, my wrong doings. I too, need to cry out for God’s unfailing lovingkindness. And the good news is God is waiting for me to ask. God is always listening. The other day, I heard on the radio, “God does not yell.” I smiled to myself but it is true. God speaks in whispers. He speaks to our heart. So when I cry out to God for his lovingkindness, I need to go to my quiet place. I remember when all my kids were home finding that quiet place is not always easy. Young parents, students and the retired have their plates full but maybe today, your quiet place will be standing in front of your kitchen sink or rocking your youngest to sleep. It may be in the car picking kids up from school or standing in line at the post office. Where ever you find your quiet place cry out to God and ask for mercy.

It is always nice to cry out a word of thanks as well!

ASH WEDNESDAY

thLent 2015 I am going to try to read Psalm 51 and the Stations of the Cross. Please join me with your thoughts, prayers and comments. I hope, together, we can take this gift of 40 days to prepare our hearts to celebrate together on that glorious day, EASTER SUNDAY.

Today, people around the world begin their Lenten journey. We all become pilgrims on our journey to draw closer to God. The word LENT means spring. We are already to leave the winter behind and start on our journey toward spring, just as we are ready to leave behind our old ways and explore new ways. We prepare to abandon items, attachments or addictions. At the same time, we prepare to embrace new experiences.

Psalm 51         

1Have mercy on me, O God, in your faithful love, in your great tenderness wipe away my offences;

21 wash me clean from my guilt, purify me from my sin.

3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in mind.

4 Against you, you alone, I have sinned, I have done what you see to be wrong, that you may show your saving justice when you pass sentence, and your victory may appear when you give judgement,

5 remember, I was born guilty, a sinner from the moment of conception.

6 But you delight in sincerity of heart, and in secret you teach me wisdom.

7 Purify me with hyssop till I am clean, wash me till I am whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness, and the bones you have crushed will dance.

9 Turn away your face from my sins, and wipe away all my guilt.

10 God, create in me a clean heart, renew within me a resolute spirit,

11 do not thrust me away from your presence, do not take away from me your spirit of holiness.

12 Give me back the joy of your salvation, sustain in me a generous spirit.

13 I shall teach the wicked your paths, and sinners will return to you.

14 Deliver me from bloodshed, God, God of my salvation, and my tongue will acclaim your saving justice.

15 Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will speak out your praise.

16 Sacrifice gives you no pleasure, burnt offering you do not desire.

17 Sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken, contrite heart you never scorn.

18 In your graciousness do good to Zion, rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in upright sacrifices,-burnt offerings and whole oblations — and young bulls will be offered on your altar.

Stations of the Cross

Jesus is Condemned to Die

Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross

Jesus Falls the First Time

Jesus Meets His Mother

Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

Veronica Wipes Jesus’ Face

Jesus Falls the Second Time

Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Jesus Falls the Third Time

Jesus is Stripped Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Jesus Dies on the Cross

Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

Jesus is Laid in the Tomb