Thursday, March 24, 2016

Seder 2016

The lamb, the wine, the matzoh.

 The bitter herbs, the green herbs, the Haroseth.

I love symbolism.  Hidden meanings behind things.  Small glimpses that point to a much bigger picture.

And the Passover meal is FULL of it.

As we celebrated the Seder dinner this evening with our kids I was gripped again with the beauty of God's story, and how He wove the thread of Jesus into every fabric of it.

There are four cups that we drank tonight.

I Kuddush - the cup of Thanksgiving
II Haggadah - the cup of Deliverance
III The Cup of Blessing
IV The Cup of Melchizedek

During the Cup of Blessing the words are spoken that the Lord is the giver of all our sustenance.  How astounding then, when Jesus stands up during his Last Supper, and announces that He IS the bread.  He IS our sustenance.  And that our sustenance, what we need to live, would be broken so that we may never die.

During the Cup of Melchizedek the words are spoken about Melchizedek being the High Priest and that this cup represents righteousness.  And then Jesus stands up and declares that He IS this cup.  Poured out for us.  He IS righteousness.

I know it's often thought that the Disciples were kind of clueless to Jesus' true intent, but I would think that they would at least be a little rocked by what He was just claiming.  Hundreds of years of Passovers had been said before that night. Always pointing back to the Exodus and remembering Israel's deliverance.

And then Jesus, King of Kings, declares before them all that He is what the Passover has been talking about all this time.  I like to think that it at least gave them a little pause.

But then again, maybe not.  They did go out and fall asleep in the Garden after all.

But we have the benefit of hindsight.  We are able to look back at all of this and see clearly where God was leading His story.

Jesus.  His Son. The Cross. Redemption. A Rescue from a slavery so much bigger than what the Egyptians dealt out.

So here we are on the brink of Good Friday.  What are you going to do with Jesus' claims?

Sustenance and Righteousness.  He is both of those for each of us.  If we choose.

Friday, March 4, 2016

February Lookback

OK. Wow.  That went fast.

By now I fear I am sounding like a broken record.

Despite the extra day this February contained, it did nothing to make it feel longer. 

I remember as a kid thinking that February was THE WORST.  It always seemed so long.


We celebrated a 6 year old, spent some quiet evenings at home, hosted a house full of fun, spent some evenings watching ball games, and generally tried to live with purpose the days we've been given.

We may not be moving mountains in our corner of the world, but we're trying to what we can, with what we have, while we have it.

 Madeline turns 6!  How do you like my stellar cake job? And we didn't have anything in the house that I could make a decent frosting with the cover up the mess. Thankfully it tasted good!

  Sweet notes from Madeline.  Love that she is starting to read and write things all on her own.

 We have dear friends from our first couple years of marriage who we had all converge at our house for a weekend. 16 people (10 of them kids!) all under one roof.  It was a blast!

 And this picture here encapsulates one reason I love these people so much:  Renee spent time with all the girls, pretending to be fairies and running around the gym.  All the parents got in a game of basketball with the kids as well.  They are such great friends, not only to Paul and I, but to our children, too.

 Enjoying the little bits of snow that we actually got....

And then enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather when we got that, too!

 Dance parties: to burn off energy and keep us warm on the chilly nights!
Spending many an evening in the crow's nest, watching high school basketball while Paul played sportscaster.

 Getting up before the sun on a Saturday morning to watch Owen play ball.

 Thanking God that we have been a part of each others lives for 19 years.

 And 19 years later....this is how we do Super Bowl parties around here....