Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.
I made the cross, in the picture above, when I was in high school. Though I don’t get to do it often, one of my joys in life is messin’ around with clay and ceramics. Anyway, I chose to do the crucifixion for my father not for myself or because of a deep desire for what the crucifixion meant to me. No, something told me as a 17 year old that he would have a great appreciate for it, so I did it for him. The irony in this is just beautiful. Who knew years later that I would be headed off to college to get my bible studies degree and then later on in life be a pastor’s wife!! Man, I would love to have it for my home one day, but until then I will continue to see it hanging on his office wall above his computers.
Growing up, I somewhat grasped the idea of Easter and the importance of going to church on Easter Sunday. We even went to church services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Looking back, I am thankful for my upbringing and my parents for pushing the season of Lent in our family. I told our Thrive group at our home last night that my catholic side comes out during Holy Week and I just have to talk about it. I want to hear the story over and over.
As we enter the weekend and as many will gather this Sunday for services all over the world, my prayer for us is that we would experience a revival inside of us that would change not only our own lives, but the lives around us. Our marriages, our families, our workplaces, our churches, our neighborhoods, our towns. I pray the Father would pour out his love on us and we catch a new sense of the power of the resurrection in our lives.
Little did I know that I would be pondering on this ceramic crucifixion today and be moved greatly by what God has done in my life, for what He is doing, and what He will be doing. Thankfulness, appreciation, and love comes flooding in and it brings me to a place of worship. Worship, my friends, is the posture we must be in over these next 3 days. Worshiping the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Come Father, have mercy on us. Come and be alive within us and around us. Let us experience the power and the healing presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in a mighty way.
If you have 8 minutes today, watch the video below. Its a good one.