On some Thursdays, there are Because of Grace Wholehearted Living Stories:
A stirring perspective from the Boston Marathon by Jennifer Dukes Lee:
I stood shivering and bouncing among 8,000 runners that cool May morning when the gun shot off.
My dad stood at the starting line, pumping his fists in the air. And he would be there again, with my mom and sister, at mile four, and again at mile seven. I remember how proud they were for me, even though I scooted along at the back at the pack.
Bob, a pastor-friend, told me a few days before the race to pay attention while I was running because the half-marathon was more than a race. It was an opportunity to see God.
And so I saw… Click here to read the rest of Jennifer’s story
Usually, there is a post involving a mid-week question of the week.
Right now, the only question I have is “Why?”
Perhaps it is better to focus on the good: Boston: Stories of compassion in the wake of tragedy
the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you… ~1 Peter 1:10
Grace turns veers alters changes transforms rotations revolves, rotates twists spins circles twirls rolls your life around
Today is D.E.A.R. Day — Drop Everything And Read Day–a day designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority.
Grab a book and a big chair or a Kindle and a comfy cushion and get ready to read, preferable with someone or to someone!
Although I am not a librarian, here are a few suggestions:
So Few of Me by Peter Reynolds~Leo’s list of things to do keeps growing, until one day he wishes, “If only there were two of me.” As he gets his wish, life becomes more complicated, not less complicated.
The Dot by Peter Reynolds–A teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student Vahti to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who “can’t” draw either, “a really great artist.”
Sky Color by Peter Reynolds. Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint?
Author Peter H. Reynolds offers a gentle, playful reminder that if we keep our hearts open and look beyond the expected, creative inspiration will come.
and that is also a timely reminder for this weekend!
What are you going to read this weekend?
Happy D.E.A.R. Day!
What you share with the world is what it keeps of you…
lyric from the song “Give a little love”
As the new month begins, best to be reminded of the plain truth
A couple of this blog’s most consistent supporters had birthdays this week…Happy Birthday!!!
Additional words from The Sponsor
Everything that was lost was regained and more…by the One who never demanded, but invited.
Perhaps there is a difference between demanding and demand.
So [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places]…Ephesians 1:19-20
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance. ~ 1 Peter 1:3-4a
This is really the only expectation that is healthy for us~~~No foolin’!
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
~ Psalm 31
Because of Grace
Passion Week, (from 2011):
And my trusted friend reminded me. “It is Passion Week”, he said. The last holiday spent together in my “what was” of memories was Easter of last year. Maybe last Easter was the last holiday before your diagnosis. Or before your loss. Or before your pain. In the time of “what was.”
His Sacrifice Still Is.
There is beauty in His sacrifice. You may say you do not understand it and to that I reply, “Good for you!” Because if understanding distances you from the Beauty of Passion Week and His unselfishness and in any way allows you to maintain controlled manageability, I would not want that for you
It is Good Friday…Because of Grace
The question Jesus asked so long ago is also a question for us…
And a quote from a gratitude post on We Love Gratitude:
We and life are spectacularly complex. Often we do not get our way, which I hate, hate, hate. But in my saner moments I remember that if we did, usually we would shortchange ourselves. Sometimes circumstances conspire to remind us or even let us glimpse how thin the membrane is between here and there, between birth and the grave, between the human and the divine. In wonder at the occasional direct experience of this, we say, Thank You. ~ Anne Lamont, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Jesus’ question to His apostles follows His prediction that Peter would betray Him. I wonder, are my similar betrayals of Christ born out of a feeling of lack or emptiness? Might I instead (re)turn to thanks and gratitude ?
What a difference a week makes. As we were driving to church on this surprisingly cold morning in March, I spoke with my daughter about the pendulum changes of the past week. I had finished two big projects, received two new writing projects, learned about tablet computers, had a dear friend stay with us and welcomed a client to our town. Circumstances are much more favorable this week than last.
Jesus also experienced pendulum changes as well. Palm Sunday commemorates His triumphal entry to Jerusalem, with large crowds happily welcoming Him and children heralding His visit with palm branches.
“The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” ‘Hosanna in the highest!’” ~Matthew 21:9
We often speak of things changing in a “New York minute.” In a Jerusalem minute, circumstances for Jesus would change markedly and tragically in the next week as one of His chosen disciples would betray Him, sell Him out, and help in His arrest and fake trial. The crowds would turn on Him. Within a week He would endure the ultimate betrayal from men.
But not from God.
The Lord will guard you; He is by your side to protect you. Psalm 121:5
Circumstances would again change in a “New Jerusalem minute.” During the next week, there would be another cataclysmic shift and those circumstances would change the course of all our lives…Because of His grace. The Eternal Grace
The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. … The LORD will keep you from all harm— …he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Amen Psalm 121:5-8
On this day of equals-equal day/equal night,
an equinox of a question…
You know these enemies? They’re bigger than you. But I’m not going to give you the whole land in the first year. You’re going to take it over a little bit at a time — one battle at a time. You’re growing stronger. When you’re strong enough to handle it all, you’ll get it all. ~Exodus 23:29-30
How do you know that spring is coming? I would love it if you Shared your comments…~~~
Other questions to ponder