Saturday, April 11, 2009
I was reading my devotions the other day and I hit a speed bump. It was talking about how we have to get to a point where we don't just go to God or appreciate Him for blessings, but love Him for who He is. I get the point of that to a degree, but I also think that God Himself is a Blessing. My journey with God is a blessing. Walking with God is a blessing. Waking up each morning knowing I am a redeemed child of God is a blessing. Knowing that no matter what happens throughout the day I am secure in the knowledge of an eternal life in Heaven is a blessing. Maybe that is what the author was getting at, but it was not the way I read it. In any case, it has made me think this entire week. Holy Week is an amazing week. It is so filled with emotions. From jubilation on Palm Sunday to deep fellowship on Maundy Thursday to such agony on Good Friday. The choir sang an awesome song last night- What have We done. It was an amazing way to sum up what happened on the cross and the anguish of the people that were there and how we feel now when we do those things that we should not do, but continue to do over and over. It was emotional to hear the choir sing. We started a new tradition and watched the Passion of the Christ when we got home. We sent the 2 youngest to bed, but the 2 oldest watched it with us. The 12 year old covered her eyes for a lot of it. It was good for us to watch together. I kept reminding them (and myself) that Jesus knew the price that He would pay and He paid it willingly. He chose the cross. His love is that great. We got to bed late, but I am glad that we took the time to watch it. I think it was a good thing for the girls to see with us. It was a good thing for me to see again. The anguish of it all breaks your heart and reminds you just how much love Jesus has for each one of us. It can only be a blessing.