When thy friends despise, forsake thee…
Some of the most painful things we face are not physical hurts. We’ve heard it said, “I would rather you had punched me in the mouth,” or, “it felt like a kick in the stomach.”
Jesus felt it – All His devoted followers and FRIENDS forsook and denied even knowing Him in the very hour He needed their support. Those He fed and healed of their blindness and leprosy and shared His secrets with.
I challenged and warned my Sunday School girls that this weeks’ lesson would present itself an opportunity for us to follow Jesus’ example of compassion and look beyond our own hurts and offended selves ( which is rooted in pride and arrogance, traits in us God says He hates ) when He prayed as He hung, hurting and bleeding on our behalf from His cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
We must also, to be faithfully following our Wonderful Saviour in a worthy manner, realize that people “know not what they do” and that Jesus’ desire for us is to forgive.
LORD help us.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD….To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, …
In spite of my gimpy foot, wrapped three times it’s size and requiring propping and rest from surgery a week ago, I had to get my hands in some dirt…so I sowed seeds and potted up some African violets I had rooted.
It did finally feel like we might get free of winter’s icy grip today. The sun seemed like a stranger. I want to shake my finger at it and say ,”Don’t ever go away so long again!”
I traveled to a favorite place, Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA, to celebrate and enjoy the first day of Spring, and my friend put me on a quest for the rare and elusive Blue Poppy that Longwood Gardens declared were now in bloom there. -see ‘gardening’
It’s official; Spring begins today at 1 this afternoon! My last post was utterly mistaken and the cold dug it its heels and would not budge an inch, as I had predicted. It actually seemed to taunt, but today is milder and there is sunshine-FINALLY!
I clung to the promise “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Gen 8:22