Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

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Maundy Thursday Service

For the second year in a row, a member of my church read the poem below written by Lucy Nanson, from New Zealand, at the Maundy Thursday service. Following this reading, everyone was invited to form two lines up in the center aisle to have one of two pastors pour water on our hands from a bowl at the front of church while making the sign of the cross on our palms. Next to each bowl were little wash cloths, neatly rolled up in a basket, to dry the hands.

Just like last year, my emotions were heightened and I had tears in my eyes while I listened to the poem and thought about how my hands fit many of the descriptions.

Maundy Thursday: Wash My Hands

Wash my hands on Maundy Thursday

not my feet

My hands peel potatoes, wipe messes from the floor

change dirty nappies, clean the grease from pots and pans

have pointed in anger and pushed away in tears

in years past they’ve smacked a child and raised a fist

fumbled with nervousness, shaken with fear

I’ve wrung them when waiting for news to come

crushed a letter I’d rather forget

covered my mouth when I’ve been caught out

touched forbidden things, childhood memories do not grow dim

These hands have dug gardens, planted seeds

picked fruit and berries, weeded out and pruned trees

found bleeding from the rose’s thorns

dirt and blood mix together

when washed before a cup of tea

Love expressed by them

asks for your respect

in the hand-shake of warm greeting,

the gentle rubbing of a child’s bump

the caressing of a lover, the softness of a baby’s cheek

sounds of music played by them in tunes upon a flute

they’ve held a frightened teenager,

touched a father in his death

where cold skin tells the end of life has come

but not the end of love,

comforted a mother losing agility and health.

With my hands outstretched before you

I stand humbled and in awe

your gentle washing in water, the softness of the towel

symbolizing a cleansing

the servant-hood of Christ.

Wash my hands on Maundy Thursday

and not my feet.

At the end of the service all lights went out in the church and the final moments of light at dusk was nearly the only light available to aid a handful of church members as they stripped the altar while my Pastor sang Psalm 22. For on this evening, Jesus is going to be betrayed by one of his disciples.

I was listening to a talk show on Moody Radio yesterday called Chris Fabry Live, and a caller mentioned that two people that night actually betrayed Jesus. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus with a kiss and Peter denied knowing Him after His arrest.

This caller made me think about all the times I betrayed Jesus in my life. Judas could have asked for forgiveness and it would have been given. This breaks my heart to know that out of the guilt he felt, he hung himself without any attempt to seek forgiveness. Peter, on the other hand, recalled Jesus’s words predicting his betrayal, and he wept, asked for forgiveness, was granted it and used this as a stepping stone to witness for Christ.

Friends, it is not too late for you to ask for forgiveness for denying or betraying Jesus in your lifetime. As the events unfold for Jesus on this Good Friday, His arms will stretch out as wide as they can on the cross. His arms are opened wide for everyone to fit inside His embrace which never lets go.

Psalm 22:7 “Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver–let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”

Death to Life

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The Great Commission

Downloading started first from God.
On tablets were written the
Words / rules to follow, but
Nobody knew to
Listen to God.
Only Son

Lit fire in saints.
Our hearts open to
Accept the Word of God.
Direct our upload to world.

Use everything God revealed to
Plant holy seeds in the youth so
Later they remember,
Only Jesus saves.
Away worldly

Who will
Now share Word?
Let it out and
Overflow to next
Anxiously awaiting
Dying, sinful human.

Where do you see yourself in the chain of the Great Commission? Is the Word of God being downloaded into your mind and heart? Or are you ready to upload all you have learned about God and the saving power of Jesus?

Christian, know that it is common to be in constant motion downloading and uploading the Word of God. Sow the seeds of God’s Word into the young, and as they approach their own day of Pentecost, they will be ready for the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:16-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galileo, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw him they worshipped him, but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Can you grasp the Great Commission?

The One About Friendship

I remember Mrs. James, my grade school music teacher.  She was instrumentally and vocally talented and it was her job to raise our interest in music and possibly find some talent percolating within.  I am pretty sure I was graded on simply showing up because I have not been blessed with a singing voice.

The old wooden upright piano was tucked in the corner and a few of the stronger boys were called upon to assist her in pushing it to the front of the room.  Mrs. James loved to jam out on that piano by teaching us African American Spirituals which always got us up dancing next to our desks.  She calmed us down by gradually slowing the tempo of the songs we were singing and when she got us to finally sit back down, she taught us a new song.  She started with the melody and then she taught us the words.   The song was simple:

“Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver, the other gold.”

When I was younger, I used to make friends as quickly as the beat of the African American Spirituals we sang. Not many of my friendships from that era have lasted simply because we changed as we grew, which is absolutely normal. Since then, I learned that common interests break the ice a lot more quickly than small talk ever will. As an introvert, I like meeting extroverts because they draw me out of my shell.

I treasure my friends. I am talking about the ones that no matter the span of time since we last talked, we are excited to see each other and we pick up where we left off, feeling like we never skipped a beat.

Spending the time it takes to get to know another person is never wasted time, in my opinion. Even if the friend was in my life for a short season, I know it was meant to be and I am thankful for the time we had together.

Truth be told, at times I feel blessed with many friends and at other times, I feel like I have no friends at all.

“Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver, the other gold.”

I have a “golden” friend that ranks higher than any other; His name is Jesus.  Although I knew of Him all my life, I didn’t really get to know Him until I was without a human friend I could easily reach out to during a dark period in my life. Jesus met me at my lowest point and did not judge me.  He walked me out of the darkness and showed me His light.

In an effort to get to know Jesus better, I joined Bible Studies and started listening to Christian music and Christian preachers on the radio.

Jesus is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Great I Am.  Although He is seated at the right hand of God, is all-powerful and all-knowing, He became man to be an example in how to live.

He knows all about me and loves me anyway.  He is the coolest friend to have because he doesn’t care if my hair is messy or my pajamas don’t match.  He doesn’t care what kind of car I drive, but likes to help me get to my destinations safely.  Such greatness and He wants a relationship with me and He enjoys my company.  He listens, He loves, He died for me.  He loves to spend time with me and is available day or night and loves our talks.  Wherever, whenever; Jesus is the most available friend to me.  He doesn’t get jealous when I spend time with other friends of the earth, as oftentimes, He is the topic of conversation. There is nothing I do that will embarrass Him, and He doesn’t do anything to embarrass me.  Jesus must be an extrovert because he draws me out of my shell.

Jesus isn’t a “one-and-done friend.” In fact, He wants so badly to be friends with you too. If you don’t know who Jesus is, I would love to introduce you to Him.

In grade school, Mrs. James taught me about friendship in one simple song.  As I go through life, I continue to make new friends while cherishing my old friends.  I do not know who first said, “You become who you hang out with”, but I noticed the change in me the day I started really hanging out with Jesus.

One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

Proverbs 22:11

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The L of R

The Letter of Recommendation. Have you ever asked someone to write one for you before you left a position or a company? Have you ever been asked to write one for for a colleague?

Years ago, I asked some executives in upper management roles if they would be willing to write a Letter of Recommendation for me. They all said yes, but only one came through. At the end of the letter was written, “…if nothing else, Kris is good for a laugh.” Wow! I know I have a playful side and can goof around, but this does not sound professional. In my opinion this document was rendered useless.

Since we are not of this world, I asked Jesus if he was willing to write a Letter of Recommendation for me. He obliged and what I found interesting was He dated it way before I was born. What he wrote makes me smile everytime. My favorite line, “Kristine is someone I would die for.”

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Name Above All Names

Think about the name you were given at birth. Does your name have a shortened version in which you are commonly called? Do you like your name? Have you changed your name in any way other than by marriage? Are you in a witness protection program and received a new name? Do you have a middle name? Are you commonly called by your middle name and nobody even realizes you have a first name? Are you a male with Senior, Junior or Roman Numerals after your name indicating family succession? Does your given first or last name have rhyming capabilities with not-so-nice words that may have made growing up just a little harder for you? Were you given nicknames by your family and friends that described your physical attributes, something funny you once said or did, or perhaps due to your skills and talents?

Luke 1: 26-33 NIV
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

The angel Gabriel sent the message from God for Mary to call her son (His son) Jesus. No middle name, no Junior or Roman Numerals following, and interestingly there aren’t any not-so-nice words that rhyme with Jesus. Speaking of nicknames, boy does Jesus have the nicknames.

ADVOCATE: (1 John 2:1)
ALMIGHTY: (Revelation 1:8)
ALPHA AND OMEGA: (Revelation 1:8)
ARM OF THE LORD: (Isaiah 53:1)
BELOVED SON: (Matthew 12:18)
BRANCH: (Isaiah 4:2)
BREAD OF LIFE: (John 6:32)
CHIEF SHEPHERD: (1 Peter 5:4)
CHRIST OF GOD: (Luke 9:20)
CORNERSTONE: (Psalm 118:22)
COUNSELOR: (Isaiah 9:6)
CREATOR: (John 1:3)
DAYSPRING: (Luke 1:78)
DELIVERER: (Romans 11:26)
DOOR: (John 10:7)
ELECT OF GOD: (Isaiah 42:1)
FAITHFUL WITNESS: (Revelation 1:5)
FIRST AND LAST: (Revelation 1:17)
FIRST BEGOTTEN: (Revelation 1:5)
FORERUNNER: (Hebrews 6:20)
GLORY OF THE LORD: (Isaiah 40:5)
GOD: (Isaiah 40:3)
GOD BLESSED: (Romans 9:5)
GOOD SHEPHERD: (John 10:11)
GOVERNOR: (Matthew 2:6)
GREAT HIGH PRIEST: (Hebrews 4:14)
HEAD OF THE CHURCH: (Ephesians 1:22)
HEIR OF ALL THINGS: (Hebrews 1:2)
HOLY ONE OF GOD: (Mark 1:24)
HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL: (Isaiah 41:14)
I AM: (John 8:58)
IMAGE OF GOD: (2 Corinthians 4:4)
IMMANUEL: (Isaiah 7:14)
JESUS: (Matthew 1:21)
JESUS OF NAZARETH: (Matthew 21:11)
JUDGE OF ISRAEL: (Micah 5:1)
THE JUST ONE: (Acts 7:52)
KING: (Zechariah 9:9)
KING OF THE AGES: (1 Timothy 1:17)
KING OF THE JEWS: (Matthew 2:2)
KING OF KINGS: (1 Timothy 6:15)
KING OF SAINTS: (Revelation 15:3)
LAWGIVER: (Isaiah 33:22)
LAMB: (Revelation 13:8)
LAMB OF GOD: (John 1:29)
THE LIFE: (John 14:6)
LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH: (Revelation 5:5)
LORD OF ALL: (Acts 10:36)
LORD OF GLORY: (1 Corinthians 2:8)
LORD OF LORDS: (1 Timothy 6:15)
MAN OF SORROWS: (Isaiah 53:3)
MEDIATOR: (1 Timothy 2:5)
MESSIAH: (Daniel 9:25) (John 1:41)
MIGHTY GOD: (Isaiah 9:6)
MIGHTY ONE: (Isaiah 60:16)
MORNING STAR: (Revelation 22:16)
NAZARENE: (Matthew 2:23)
OUR PASSOVER: (1 Corinthians 5:7)
PRINCE OF LIFE: (Acts 3:15)
PRINCE OF PEACE: (Isaiah 9:6)
PROPHET: (Luke 24:19) (Acts 3:22)
REDEEMER: (Job 19:25)
ROCK: (1 Corinthians 10:4)
ROOT OF DAVID: (Revelation 22:16)
ROSE OF SHARON: (Song of Songs 2:1)
SAVIOR: (Luke 2:11)
SON OF THE BLESSED: (Mark 14:61)
SON OF DAVID: (Matthew 1:1)
SON OF GOD: (Matthew 2:15)
TRUE LIGHT: (John 1:9)
TRUE VINE: (John 15:1)
TRUTH: (John 1:14)
WITNESS: (Isaiah 55:4)
WORD: (John 1:1)
WORD OF GOD: (Revelation 19:13)

The name given to me at birth is Kristine Marie. For professional or business purposes, I will indicate or write my name as Kristine; however, I do prefer to be called Kris. Some of the nicknames I inherited are few, yet still have been associated with me: Krissy, Fish, Anna B, Kristine the Bean, Baker and Sweetness.

Leave a message in the comments and let me know about your name.

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