Month: March 2023

In Plain Sight

On the staircase in our home is a broken baluster, which is the vertical wooden pole between the railing and the staircase. It’s been broken since we moved in three years ago. Sometimes when guests come over they accidentally bump it. They apologize and we apologize. When young children come over, sometimes their little hands find it and play with …

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Day 32: It Is Finished

John 19:30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.John 10:17-18The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to …

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Day 31: I Am Thirsty

John 19:28-29Later, 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. Psalm 22:15My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, …

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Day 30: Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Matthew 27:45-46From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).Psalm 22:1, 14-15My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so …

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Day 29: Here is Your Son, Your Mother

John 19:25-27Near 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 …

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Day 28: With Me in Paradise—Today

Luke 23:39-43One 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 …

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Day 27: Father, Forgive Them

Luke 23:32-34Two 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 …

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Hungry, for What?

Hello GRC! I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but occasionally, to “detox” or to regain some health-discipline, I cut out carbs from my diet.  That sounds so simple but the reality is sad, inconvenient or even dreadful to a guy who loves his white rice!  (Replace with your own comfort food/starch of choice, whether bread, pasta or potatoes). …

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Day 26: Crucifixion

Mark 15:25-34,37-39 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.  The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.  They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.  Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build …

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