Showing posts from April, 2014

Shame On Him

My dad was an excellent photographer. He almost always had a camera with him and as soon as I saw it, I would look for a place to hide. In frustration, he would have to search for me to take family photos. He always found me though - and trying to avoid his camera was never worth his wrath. Even to this day I avoid having my picture taken because of my insecurities. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by giving into temptation. Their Father went into the garden calling Adam by name. But they were hiding from Him. Think about that. Hiding from God! Of course, the Lord knew where they were. When He asked them about their sin, He was giving them opportunity to confess and repent. Adam admitted that they were hiding because they were ashamed. Sin brought shame. Shame gave them an awareness of their nakedness, so they attempted to cover themselves. But God graciously provided His own covering for them - not with fig leaves but with animal skins requiring a blood sacrifice – the giving of a lif

Morning Song

This morning I awoke to the sound of birds loudly singing outside my window. As I lay there listening, I challenged myself to identify different species. It almost sounded as though the swallows and robins were competing against magpies. Suddenly it occurred to me that it is Palm Sunday - the day commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entrance into the city of Jerusalem in fulfillment Zechariah's prophecy: “The Coming of Zion’s King – See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”. This proclamation as King of Israel angered the Sanhedrin, who viewed it as blasphemy (which in fact it would have been, had Jesus not been the long awaited Messiah as He claimed). And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40). Why would the stones cry out? Because all of creation will praise Him and no