The wind chimes I bought recently are clanging as the air rustles through the yard. I can hear the breeze moving through the trees. It’s early morning and still dark. I see one of our neighborhood feral cats jumping through the back yard, leaping from one end to the other. The furry critter, who was born in our backyard last year, runs carefree. She feels safe. My heart smiles.
Except for the reverberating chimes, our home is quiet. It’s just me and the Lord and Rice, one of our pet cats, who has assumed his regular morning position in my lap, nestled cozily under the blanket draping my legs.
I’ve been talking to God. The conversation centers mostly on the sermon I will be delivering this morning at Wednesday church. I want it to be a good offering—a sweet fragrance, if you will—to Him. I reflect on yesterday’s Bible study. I’m never sure how people will respond or react whenever I teach or preach God’s word. I just try to be faithful to the text and obedient to the Spirit’s leading.
Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him.John 12:1-2 (New Living Translation)
I’m thinking about Jesus as He approaches the last week of His earthly ministry. He is over at the house of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus (whom He raised from the dead) enjoying a fabulous last time of fellowship with His three dear friends. The disciples are there, of course. Jesus is faithfully teaching, as He does all the way to the end of His time dwelling among us, in the flesh.
Holy Week is approaching. It’s a time of great reflection. It is a special, sacred season.
My friend, I pray you take time to sit and speak with the Lord as we celebrate the sacrificial gift God gave on our behalf.
What are your plans for observing Holy Week? How will you be spending time with the Lord during this special season?
The Devotional Guy™
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