Lent 2022 • Week Seven • Jesus Sacrificed Everything

Good Friday, April 15th, 2022

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April 1st, 2021
Kingman, IN

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13 (NIV)

“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:7-8 (NIV)

Bible Reading • John 19:16-30

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified

“Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.”

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others —one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews . Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Reflection

On this Good Friday, the last Friday of Lent think about spending some time alone in the silence, sitting or standing before the cross. The cross does not need to be real, in your mind visualize the cross that Jesus carried and was nailed to. I know this will be difficult to imagine and even more difficult to allow yourself to feel the moment. Allow the spectacle of the cross to imprint on your soul the weight of Jesus’ love. Breathe, don’t rush, breathe, pause and breathe. Witness your own sins being heaped upon Jesus and allow yourself to grieve this heinous moment in history. Say a simple prayer asking God to hold you in His loving embrace.

Now, try rereading today’s scripture and devotional, pausing wherever you feel the need to respond with sorrow, repentance, adoration and tears.

Everything Jesus did was LOVE.

  • Every blow He didn’t reciprocate was LOVE.
  • Every moment He stood naked and mocked was LOVE.
  • Every step towards Golgotha/Skulls was LOVE.
  • Every gasping breath was LOVE.
  • Every nanosecond from the kiss in the garden to the cessation of His heartbeat . . . LOVE.

Further Study

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2052:13-53:12&version=NIV

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

Matthew 26:67-68 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2026:67-68&version=NIV

Jesus Before Pilate (verses 11-26)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus (verses 27-31)

The Crucifixion of Jesus (verses 32-44)

The Death of Jesus (verses 45-50)

Matthew 27:22-50 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2027:22-50&version=NIV

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin (verses 53-65)

Jesus Before Pilate (verses 1-15)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus (verses 16-20)

The Crucifixion of Jesus (verses 21-32)

The Death of Jesus (verses 33-37)

Mark 14:65,15:12-37 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2014:65,15:12-37&version=NIV

The Guards Mock Jesus (verses 63-65)

Luke 22:63-65 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2022:63-65&version=NIV

Jesus Before Pilate and Herod (verses 11-25)

The Crucifixion of Jesus (verses 26-43)

The Death of Jesus (verses 43-46)

Luke 23:11-16,18-46 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:11-16,18-46&version=NIV

The High Priest Questions Jesus (verses 22-23)

John 18:22-23 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2018:22-23&version=NIV

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified (verses 1-16)

The Crucifixion of Jesus (verses 17-27)

The Death of Jesus (verses 28-37)

John 19:1-37 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:1-37&version=NIV

The Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Corinthians%205:21&version=NIV

The Scroll and the Lamb

Revelation 5:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Revelation%205:12&version=NIV

Friends, we knew this weekend was coming, some are eager for the celebration of Sunday and rightly so. Friday and Saturday leading up to Easter Sunday are difficult to read about and all the more to immerse ourselves into the story. However you choose to reflect on this weekend, my prayer is that we do not rush through the parts that are difficult, instead seek time with God. Share your hearts desires with the one who created you, the one who loves you . . . Indeed, Jesus loved us so much He took our sins upon himself, the one who had never sinned all because of His great LOVE. I love you my brothers and sisters, may the peace of God fill you and sustain you until we are all together with our Lord in Heaven.

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It is such joy to sharing God’s Word, thank you for blessing me with you support and encouragement. ~Peace

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

John 15:13 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2015:13&version=NIV
Romans 5:7-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Romans%205:7-8&version=NIV
John 19:16-30 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:16-30&version=NIV

Lent 2022 • Week Seven • Jesus’ Love Forgives

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

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April 1st, 2021
Kingman, IN

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
— Luke 23:34 (NIV) —

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
— Colossians 3:13-14 (NIV) —

Bible Reading • Luke 23:32-34

The Crucifixion of Jesus

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

We read in these three verses that Jesus forgave His executioners and prayed to His Father for their absolution. Jesus looked at the men who nailed Him to the cross with compassion, with love and He spoke forgiveness to them and prayed for them. Jesus did exactly what He had been teaching throughout His ministry, love one another.

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ACC Avon, IN
December 25th, 2018

I read something recently that has had an unsettling affect on me. I read a post on Meta, formerly called Facebook by someone I follow. It troubled me so much that I actually ask others I know and respect, to read it as well. Some of my them were eager to share their thoughts, while one did not respond and another responded only with a question directed back at me. All of these responses and even the non-response one were valuable to me. At first, When I read the post I was very confused and kind of angry that someone believed a truth of mine to be a metaphor as not being true or at least not perceived true in real life. I simply felt very uneasy and kind of agitated. I have since come to the conclusion that my unsettling was in fact a conviction of my theology, a foundation stone of my Christian faith. This all came together after reading my Lenten devotional for today. It’s not an issue of right or wrong, real or metaphorical, it’s my own personal belief; and it’s important to me not to compromise it. *I’ll share the quote below.

During these last few days of Lent is it easy to fast forward over the ugliness and pain of the crucifixion and go straight to Sunday morning and the stone rolled away, singing “He Lives!” I think we need to pause, and allow ourselves to experience it all, the bad and the good. The good is Great because the bad is so Ugly. Our salvation came at a price and it deserves our attention and our grief that such a price was needed and freely given. It’s not pretty but was necessary. I have a friend who refuses to watch the movie, “The Passion of Christ” due to the violence and painful cinematography; but can you even imagine what Jesus’ mother endured. The movie is not for entertainment value, rather it is a visual display of the depths of Jesus’ love for us.

I am a firm and faithful believer in the “LOVE” of Jesus and yes it’s beautiful, calming and reassuring. Jesus’ love is life-giving in a world that is so depleted of such a needed commodity. The book I chose to read during Lent is called, “Uncovering the Love of Jesus.” and it does not gloss over the parts that are uncomfortable. Being a Christian is not for the faint of heart, we are warriors for Christ. I love a good sermon that gives me the “feels.” But I also need the tough sermons that teach truth, those Bible stories that are messy and show the glory of God working in and through lives of ordinary people.

I’ve heard it said, there’s a church out there for everyone and I believe that. It certainly explains all the different denominations, church practices and the many traditions that are utilized.

I am saying for me, the crucifixion of Jesus has to be part of the Easter story, and as much as I am not looking forward to Friday, I know Sunday is coming! Praise Be To God!

I respect your views and faith practices whether you agree or disagree with my ever grow theology. I will continue to read, study, learn and write more about the God I serve, He loves me though I am not deserving and He saved me not because I’m worth but because He loves me. And, He loves you too.

Challenge • Question

Who in your life do you need to forgive?

Pray for them today, ask God to uncover His love in your heart towards them.

✝️🙏🏻💟🙏🏻✝️

Meta Post:

*See references below

Further Study

“And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.”
Genesis 9:5 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Genesis%209:5&version=NIV
“Show no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.”
Deuteronomy 19:13,21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Deuteronomy%2019:13,21&version=NIV
“Cursed is anyone who kills their neighbor secretly.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” “Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
Deuteronomy 27:24-25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Deuteronomy%2027:24-25&version=NIV
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them. ”
Deuteronomy 32:35 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Deuteronomy%2032:35&version=NIV
“Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord , he has forsaken you.’” But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple. King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah’s father Jehoiada had shown him but killed his son, who said as he lay dying, “May the Lord see this and call you to account.”
2 Chronicles 24:20-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Chronicles%2024:20-22&version=NIV
Psalm 69:1-36 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2069:1-36&version=NIV
Psalm 94:1-23 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2094:1-23&version=NIV
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 6:37 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%206:37&version=NIV
“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
Luke 11:4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2011:4&version=NIV
“Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
Luke 17:4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2017:4&version=NIV

The Stoning of Stephen

“When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.”
Acts 7:54-60 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Acts%207:54-60&version=NIV

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I am blessed by your support and encouragement. ~ Peace be with you all!

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Luke 23:34 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:34&version=NIV
Colossians 3:13-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Colossians%203:13-14&version=NIV
Luke 23:32-34 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:32-34&version=NIV

https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/the-night-i-stopped-believing-in-substitutionary-blood-atonement/

https://doubtersparish.com/author/

Lent 2022 • Week Seven • Jesus Offers Hope

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

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April 1st, 2021
Kingman, IN

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:42-43 (NIV)

Bible Reading • Luke 23:32-43

The Crucifixion of Jesus

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

🤍 • 🤍 • 🤍 Challenge 🤍 • 🤍 • 🤍

Oftentimes we do things we’re not proud of, and these sins cause us to hide in secret. But Jesus welcomes us to shed the shame and guilt and enter into His presence with Him. Today, confess those sins that stand between you and fellowship with God, and celebrate His great love that goes above and beyond anything we can ask for or imagine.

A Lent Devotional-Uncovering the Love of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu

📕 • 📘 • 📗 • 📙 • 📖 • 📙 • 📗 • 📘 • 📕

As you read today’s scripture verses did anything “jump” out for you? There’s certainly a lot to unpack in these twelve verses surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus.

  • We know the place of the crucifixion was called the “Skull.”
  • We read that two criminals were also being crucified along with Jesus.
  • We know Jesus was in the middle of the two men.
  • We know the men carrying out the sentencing of the crucifixion took Jesus’ clothes, divided them and cast lots.
  • We know the rulers “sneered” at Jesus.
  • We know the soldiers mocked Jesus.
  • We know one of the criminals hurled “insults” at Jesus and the other criminal rebuked him for saying them.
  • We know the criminal who rebuked the other made a statement to Jesus saying, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
  • We know that Jesus responded to the criminals statement by saying, Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The one that stood out to me was the criminal who ask Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His kingdom.

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” ~Luke 23:42

What I have deducted from the criminals statement is that he must have been familiar with the “fear of God” statement and that he thought/believed that Jesus was at the very least a man of God because of his use of the word “kingdom” and going to it after death. And, the criminal may have actually believe who Jesus had said He is the Son of God. I also believe that Jesus has the power to save anyone, even a convicted criminal. The saving that Jesus offers is not deliverance from the penalties we must face with our human bodies; not referring to sin but crimes/breaking man’s laws. No Jesus saves our spirit, so our souls will live forever in Heaven with Him. Our created beings created by God, Himself.

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My research into the biblical accounts of the two criminals and their interactions with Jesus, revealed that both criminals joined in with the unruly crowd at mocking Jesus. The reasons why one of them changed their tone towards Jesus is unknown but nonetheless, he in fact ask that Jesus remember him. The why we don’t know, probably never will; we do know that Jesus’s response to the criminal is all about what Jesus had been teaching: love, mercy, grace and hope. The criminal did not deserve any of this gifts; nether do you and I. It is not about deserving . . . It’s about the love of Jesus.

“Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”

~Matthew 27:38,44 NIV

“They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”

~Mark 15:27,32 NIV

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

~Luke 23:32,39-43 NIV

▫️ • ▫️ • Further Study • ▫️ • ▫️

“Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Isaiah 53:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2053:12&version=NIV
“Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”
Mark 15:32 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2015:32&version=NIV
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
Ephesians 3:20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ephesians%203:20&version=NIV

Thank you my friends, family, and bloggers I so appreciate your support and encouragement as I live out my passion in this space. I am blessed beyond measure.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16,18 (NIV)

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Luke 23:42-43 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:42-43&version=NIV
Luke 23:32-43 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:32-43&version=NIV
Matthew 27:38,44 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2027:38,44&version=NIV
Mark 15:27,32 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2015:27,32&version=NIV
Luke 23:32,39-43 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:32,39-43&version=NIV
2 Thessalonians 3:16,18 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Thessalonians%203:16,18&version=NIV

Increased (Re) Posting of Fellow Bloggers

Tuesday. April 12th, 2022

Friends,

Hello family and followers. I am sure you have noticed I have been reposting some of the blog post of individuals that I follow on WordPress. My purpose is not in increase my numbers but to expose you to individuals who inspire artistic expressions. I hope you are finding some enjoyment through their individual styles and modes of expression and perhaps provide some insights to the things I like in the process. This community of people enlighten me and take my breath away because of their artistic gifts. I met someone long ago that opened the world of art to me and sparked a flame that would eventually lead me to write. We are both out in the world chasing our dreams and rarely speak but that does not mean he’s really far away, my heart holds many fond memories of him and the gift he gave me. God is always putting people into my life at exactly the right time I need them. Now, with that being said; I sometimes am not fully aware of that gift upon meeting them but some blessings and gifts need time for us to mature and grow to be able to receive these precious gifts.

He’s a link to my friend long ago, his name is Richard S. Boswell. Thank you Richard for sharing your gifts with me.

http://richard-s-boswell.com/

https://theleftcoastartist.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/california-grove-evening-2016/

https://www.saatchiart.com/theleftcoastartist

I hope you find something that resonates with you and perhaps awake the artist within yourself.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Lent 2022 • Week Seven Jesus Honors His Mother

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

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April 1st, 2021
Kingman, IN

“When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
John 19:26-27 (NIV)

Bible Reading • John 19:23-27

The Crucifixion of Jesus

“When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

Challenge 🔹 Questions

Jesus’ way of love shows us that love honors parents, even in death.

A Lent Devotional-Uncovering the Love of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu
How can you honor your parents today?
  • I am blessed to still have my father with me. I call him nearly everyday. And I am extremely blessed with a younger brother who does call our dad every single day and visits him almost everyday. My brother is a lifeline, an angel, he sits with dad and they share coffee and life stories, it is beautiful to see. My mother passed in 2012 but she’s never far away in my thoughts and my heart. I enjoy honoring her in many different ways…
    • I honor my mother by placing new flowers and decorative items at her gravesite several times throughout the year. And sometimes, I just drive through the cemetery and pause to say, “I love you, mom!” I know she’s not there but it a place where I have spent a lot of time just talking to her. I have grieved her being gone; I have laughed while sharing a story and I simply just miss her.
    • I honor my mother by trying to live a life pleasing to God, following the many life lessons she taught me. And, even now I continue to learn, rather (re) learn some of those lessons.
    • I honor my mother by caring for others, as she cared for so many throughout her life.
    • I honor my mother by speaking truth, she always spoke her mind and her convictions about life were her foundation.
    • I honor my mother by living as passionately about family and caring for others as she did.
    • One final thought, not sure it falls into honoring but my mom was a beautician and owned her own shop for many years. She had been the only one who had cared for my hair for many years. To this day, I think of my mom every time I wash my hair 😂 the one thing I always think of “Don’t use too much shampoo – it only takes a small amount!” It may seem silly but I love that memory. Pure joy!
L👀K around you, is there a parent figure in your community who lacks adult children to care for them?
  • I am blessed to be surrounded by parent figures. Many have their own children and do not need care from me but I care for them nonetheless. To have a heart overflowing with love and gratitude towards others is a blessing indeed.
How might you love them like John was tasks with loving and caring for Mary?
  • Availability…Availability…Availability.
  • Words are very comforting to those we care for and about but I can tell you words cannot compare to the healing powers of touch. The simple act of touching a hand or shoulder can be so powerful. I get that not everyone is a “hugger” 🤗 but to me it’s positively magical.

📚 • Further Study • 📚

The Ten Commandments (verse 1-21)

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Exodus 20:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Exodus%2020:12&version=NIV
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Deuteronomy 5:16 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Deuteronomy%205:16&version=NIV
“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”
Proverbs 23:22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Proverbs%2023:22&version=NIV

That Which Defiles (verse 1-20)

“Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.”
Matthew 15:1-9 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2015:1-9&version=NIV

Widows, Elders and Servants (verse 1-25)

“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
1 Timothy 5:1-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Timothy%205:1-8&version=NIV

Listening and Doing (verse 19-27)

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
James 1:27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=James%201:27&version=NIV

Hi friends, thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you are having a wonderful day and I look forward to sharing and uncovering more of the love of Jesus with you tomorrow. ~ Peace.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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John 19:26-27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:26-27&version=NIV
John 19:23-27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:23-27&version=NIV