In the period of Lent, the weeks of fasting prior to Easter, there is a tradition to meditate upon the journey Christ took to Calvary. Please take your time to reflect on the suffering of Jesus Christ.
You probably walked by the most valuable item, but you didn’t recognize… A story about Banksy, an iconic but unknown artist.
Do you have any idea what Jesus did actually look like? To be honest, we don’t know. And in different cultures, people have different ideas. Recent research is giving some clues about how the average person in Jesus’ time looked like.
I invite you to dive into a place where we don’t necessarily enjoy going…the land of our suffering, the area of our wounds…
God appreciates His children’s company so much that He never stops inviting them to stay close to Him.
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For many people, the season of Christmas is a very joyful season. Gathered around a fine dinner, Christmas presents, special Christmas celebrations at the church, the Christmas tree in the house, and much more. What is the story behind Christmas?
Can you imagine what you will feel when a good friend is gone? One of Jesus’ friends wanted to mourn at his grave. On the early Easter morning, Mary Magdalene was going to the tomb where they buried him.
What is the Christian holiday Easter all about? It’s about a story of something that looked like it was ended, but started all over again!
On Good Friday Christians worldwide are commemorating that Jesus was sentenced to death and crucified. Religious leaders asked the Roman leaders to arrest Jesus for blasphemy. The story ends when He is crucified and died on a cross, just outside of Jerusalem.
“If this is all there is, then what’s the point?”
That describes how I felt about life as a young adult. My life lacked purpose and fulfillment. I just existed.
God has done so many great things in my life. He has helped me through tough times and answered so many prayers – even the small everyday things. At times when I have been greatly stressed I learnt to give all my worry over to him and as a result felt complete peace and joy in the midst of all that was going on – and that is simply incredible!
So, I was lying face down on my bed. It was about 4am, one night in my first year at university and I was feeling absolutely exhausted, but my heart was still pumping with the caffeine from red bull & pro plus.
Two weeks after the funeral I returned to The University for my second year. It wasn’t the same; I missed my dad. I spent my days feeling sad and then trying not to feel sad. Mostly I attempted this by drinking, comfort eating, skipping lectures and finding comfort in different relationships.
Dead. I wanted to be dead. I wanted Death’s arms to envelope me and take me from this life: a life full of pain, abuse, abandonment, disappointment, hatred; I didn’t want it anymore. Oh, sweet surrender! Come Death, come!