He is Risen!

#243 “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” #luke24v1to5 #easterday #heisrisen

Death and Destruction

#242 #deathanddestruction What do you do when the one you thought would change everything is gone, brutally killed on a cross? The day after is a sabbath day that we know very little about from the #gospelstory. I wonder what Mary and the disciples would have done that day?

Darkest Hour

#241 “When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” #mark15v33and34 #goodfriday #darkesthour

Temptation to take off

#240 #maundythursday remembers the #lastsupper Jesus shared with his disciples before being #betrayed and #arrested. After supper and before he was betrayed he took himself to #gethsemane to pray…“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” #luke22v42 How much must he have wanted to escape, to get away? That urge to run is perhaps worse when you know what is going to happen, when your stomach is in knots, or you cannot breath at all because of such apprehension. And yet he resisted the temptation to take off, to find a way out, and he faced the awfulness of what was to come. That is #godsstory that is #godslove

An Ordinand’s Desk

#239 The workings of an #ordinandsdesk…very ordered, everything has a home and there is more than one task on the go. It is said that you can tell a lot about a person from looking at their desk. I purposefully chose a desk which would be too small to allow room for clutter as I seem incapable of thinking or being productive in the middle of mess. What is your desk like? What do you think it says about you?

Listed Buildings and Treasures

#238 The importance of #preservation. This and another identical entrance are part of a building which was known as the Derby Royal Infirmary. It seems a little odd to leave such a small part and yet these where the only elements which were #listed. How is it decided which buildings, or in this case parts of buildings, are important enough to preserve? Is it similar to how we choose which objects from our lives to treasure perhaps? Or memories? Or experiences? What would your listed objects/memories/experiences be? What would you discard?

Boundaries

#237 Are boundaries important? In this particular area it would seem so. People are quick to say where they are, and are not, from. But our #roots are also a firm part of our #identity: where we grew up; what accent we have as a result; which shops we used to go to when we were younger; and what has changed. The #senseofcommunity in that place was once something we held onto. I remember how my own church community received me with such genuine gladness when I returned from four years of living in Japan – they were so pleased to have one of their flock returned! Where are your roots and how have they shaped you?