“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” ~John 20:1
I just love “In The Garden” it is a favorite from my childhood. I find myself singing it often when I’m in my car on trips to visit my family. It brings to mind so many memories, I have a particular memory I keep tucked away of singing it a cappella with two of my cousins for a church service. I’m not sure if they remember it (we were maybe 10-12) but it holds a special place for me. Wonderful memories, thanks Teresa and Terry. I hope my mom and my cousin Terry are singing it together in heaven. And, speaking of Heaven…What a glorious day this must be in Heaven as well as on earth. Today, we remember and celebrate Jesus’ triumph over sin and death! Jesus is the Risen Savior!
Our verse for today tells us of Mary Magdalene going to Jesus’ tomb early in the morning, she is filled with grief and has entered in the wilderness of that pain. As she approaches the burial site she finds the stone has been rolled away and the tomb is empty. Mary was distraught and wanted to know who took Jesus and where they had taken him.
“At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). ~John 20:14-16
Today’s verse and commentary brings us to a close of this Lenten Study, it has been a joy for me to share my thoughts with you and I sincerely thank you for your support. Although, the study is ending, life goes on and I pray that you have gained some new insights to the different wildernesses that life takes us. I have enjoyed the journey and the opportunity to dwell within the wilderness with you and with God. I’ve learned a lot about traveling through the wilderness, and the one constant, true and reliable thing throughout it all has been God. God loves us so much, the purest love ever imagined and we can’t earn it or repay it, we simply need accept…believe…trust…be faithful! It sounds too good to be true, God loves me, why? He loves you and me because He created you and me, He has plans for you and me, He’s built a Manson specifically for each of us in Heaven. Today, we celebrate Jesus! We celebrate God, He loved each of us so much He sacrificed His one and only son.
The Sanctuary For Lent 2018
The Wilderness and Mortality
The Wilderness as a Liminal Space
The Wilderness and Hunger
The Wilderness and Divine Testing
The Wilderness and Power
The Wilderness and Providence
The Wilderness and Restoration
By: Katie Z. Dawson
Who will you tell about the resurrection of Jesus today?
Breath Prayer: Death could not hold Jesus, death cannot hold me.
~Blessings and Peace~
Pamphlet: The Sanctuary For Lent (By: Katie Z. Dawson)
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