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Holy Week: Joy and Pain

Last week we were in Kansas. The sky was blue with some puffy white clouds and trees were beginning to unfurl their leaves.  Blossoms were opening. This morning (back home) I woke up to the ground covered in snow and snowflakes still falling. The joy of spring. The return of winter.

This weekend we will celebrate Palm Sunday. The people rejoiced as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (sign of coming in peace). Less than a week later the disciples experienced shock and pain. Jesus was arrested and crucified.

As I meditate on Holy Week, I see amazing truths. Jesus, Son of God, chose to take on human form and live in a broken world. He sacrificed himself to pay for the sin of the world. He took the blame.

But there is more. After he rose again and ascended to heaven, he is still available to us if we seek him. He hears our prayers and is an advocate for us.

We were visiting our daughter’s family in Kansas. We have prayed often for them, as they have been going through a stressful time period. It was encouraging to see the children’s health improving. Jesus hears our prayers.

The children took delight in three chicks that they are raising. New life brings joy!

As we celebrate Easter we have the assurance the Jesus is coming again. I am completing a two year study of Revelation. This book gives insight into the history and future of our world.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:1-4

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

13 Comments on “Holy Week: Joy and Pain

  1. It never ceases to amaze me that Jesus kept riding on that donkey, even though He knew what would happen. The love that He has for each one of us is truly astonishing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with Grace & Truth Link-Up. I am pleased to inform you that your blog post has been featured on my Pinterest board for Grace & Truth Featured Posts. You can view your feature by clicking on the following URL:

  2. Self-pity might well be temptation
    for the tumours and the pain,
    but another’s situation
    quite forbears me to complain,
    for a child has walked away
    into suicide’s abyss,
    leaving no games left to play,
    nor hurts for healing with a kiss.
    I truly cannot comprehend
    that magnitude of tragedy
    nor how I might yet be a friend
    for what can come from one like me
    except to be there, silent-stand,
    and hold to a trembled hand?

  3. Joy and pain, strength and suffering—sometimes, they go together in our lives. I’m so glad you could visit family and enjoy an early spring in Kansas while awaiting spring to arrive at your house. I’m sure the last two years in Revelation have been amazing, Carol!

  4. Carol, thank you for leaving a post on my blog, and thank you for sharing your faith with others. I am a believer and reading your posts have reminded me that trusting and praying are always needed.

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