Eastertide: Here and Now

here and now… If this lush place is the wilderness, This bountiful space the desert, Then keep me in pace, Oh Lord, with Your best. Even as Hagar saw the God who sees, And Sarah nursed the impossible come to be; So help me, Lord, to flee all sin…and rest....

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Eastertide: Commission

Commission… Mañana, Word of hope and power, Igniting women’s passion, To advance in horror-struck hour. Walked with fear Out toward the Tomb, While others stuck in past, Hid in upper room. Jesus met the women, Gave words of great commission; Today He meets us on the way: Do we see...

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Eastertide: Easter Now

Easter now… Each morning a presentation Must eventually occur; A sacrifice of self to God, For holiness- Rejecting sin’s allure. Presentation of all thoughts: Offense, denial, hate, Give all “instruments” I own To One Who cleanses, saves. Thus exposed the lies from hell, The Spirit rushes in, To renew His...

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Eastertide: Eternal Hope

Eternal Hope… Sun sets on Sea of Galilee, Christ is risen from the Tomb; Evil’s fear now conquered, Death’s pregnant threat removed. Sun may set upon the Sea, Dawn will always come; War rumors continue still, But the Living Christ has won. Light takes down all darkness, Love conquers where...

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Holy Week: Access

Access… Joseph, good and righteous man, Laid Christ’s body down to rest, ‘Mid tears, doubts and fears, Act of faith at its best. Temple curtain shredded down, In Father God’s most holy plan; Access to The Holy One— Surely Christ was not mere man. copyright, 3/30/18 Ruth Tuttle Conard

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Holy Week: Nevertheless

Nevertheless…  Mysterious acts and words, Such comfort given with hope; Last Supper: first bread, “My body for you will be broke.” Last Supper: first cup, New covenant established, renewed, The washing of feet: “As I serve, so then must you.” Evil deception in room, Disappears in the darkest of night,...

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Holy Week: Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace… Zechariah prophesied; Deaf ears could not embrace, A humble King of Peace, On donkey’s back-slow pace. They wanted chariots, Grand steeds, mounted battle bows, King Triumphant, Victorious, Enemies laid low. Do I receive the Prophet’s words, Into my violent world? Do I join the Peaceful Prince, Or...

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Lent: The Women

The Women… I think of the women Who followed the Christ, Giving all they possessed, Disdaining the price. Left family and other, Days of long treks, Called as disciples, Learned not to look back. Enthralled with the Savior, His teachings, His trust, Made whole by His treatment, To follow- a...

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Lent: Your Will

Your will…  “Thy will be done,” in its full extent, must be the guideline for the Christian life. It must regulate the day from morning to evening, the course of the year, and the entire of life. Only then will it [the will of God] be the sole concern of...

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Lent: The Gardener

A fallen tower, Sacrifice defiled, Some lived, some died; All need God’s mercy, As Jesus testified.Barren fig tree, Ordered to be downed, So glad the Gardener Makes His faithful rounds. A Gardener of mercy, To encourage this weakest tree, Through nurture, pruning— Still puts trust in me. To bring a...

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