Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Now all the vault of heav'n resounds
In praise of love that still abounds
"Christ has triumphed! He is living!"
Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear!
Repeat their song of glory here:
"Christ has triumphed! Christ has triumphed!"
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

("Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds," v.1)


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Holy Week: Holy Saturday

In life no house, no home
My Lord on earth might have
In death no friendly tomb
But what a stranger gave
What may I say?
Heav'n was His home
But mine the tomb
Wherein He lay.

("My Song Is Love Unknown," v.6)


Friday, April 22, 2011

Holy Week: Good Friday

O dearest Jesus what law hast thou broken
That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?
Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession
What dark transgression?

They crown Thy head with thorns
They smite, they scourge Thee
With cruel mockings to Thy cross they urge Thee
They give Thee gall to drink
They still decry Thee
They crucify Thee

Whence come these sorrows
Whence this mortal anguish?
It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish
Yea, all the wrath, the woe Thou dost inherit
This I do merit

What punishment so strange is suffered yonder?
The shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander
The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him
Who would not know Him

The sinless Son of God must die in sadness
The sinful child of man may live in gladness
Man forfeited his life and is acquitted
God is committed

("O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken," v.1-5)


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

If my sins give me alarm
And my conscience grieve me
Let Your cross my fear disarm
Peace of conscience give me
Help me see forgiveness won
By Your holy passion
If for me He slays His Son
God must have compassion

Graciously my faith renew
Help me bear my crosses
Learning humbleness from You
Peace mid pain and losses
May I give You love for love!
Hear me, O my Savior
That I may in heav'n above
Sing Your praise forever.

("Jesus, I Will Ponder Now," v.5 & 6)


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Holy Week: Wednesday

Grant that I Your passion view
With repentant grieving
Nor Thee crucify anew
By unholy living
How could I refuse to shun
Ev'ry sinful pleasure
Since for me God's only Son
Suffered without measure?

("Jesus, I Will Ponder Now," v.4)


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Holy Week: Tuesday

Yet, O Lord, not thus alone
Make me see Your passion,
But its cause to me make known
And its termination
Ah! I also and my sin
Wrought Your deep affliction
This indeed the cause has been
Of Your crucifixion

("Jesus, I Will Ponder Now," v.3)


Monday, April 18, 2011

Holy Week: Monday

Make me see Your great distress,
Anguish and affliction
Bonds and stripes and wretchedness
And Your crucifixion
Make me see how scourge and rod,
Spear and nails did wound You
How for them You died, O God,
Who with thorns had crowned You

("Jesus, I Will Ponder Now," v.2)


Snapshot from Along the Broken Road: March 2011

A photo of me:
The least "scary" (you're welcome?) of the incision photos from 18 hours post-op.

1) Candle scents this month:
Red Berry & Cedar. Pumpkin Pie. Cinnamon Stick.

2) What I am reading this month:
American Wife (Curtis Sittenfeld). Baby Proof (Emily Giffin). About halfway through Firefly Lane (Kristin Hannah.

3) Top three songs I was drawn to:
"What Do You Want From Me?" Jerrod Neimann. "Hello World," Lady Antebellum. "Come Away With Me," Norah Jones.

4) Movies I saw:
Juno. Social Network. The Book of Eli. Winter's Bone.

5) Favorite tv moments of the month:
"The Fragile Beast" (Harry's Law) really impacted me. I keep thinking about when she says "Men are fragile beasts, aren't they?" I think we forget sometimes... And I also officially got sucked into Mad Men (thank you, Nichole!) and managed to watch Seasons One and Two in under two weeks.

6) Something yummy I made:
I didn't make a heck of a lot of anything, but Nichole stuffed me full of homemade chocolate chip cookies and scones and strawberry shortcake and sweet potato chili.

7) Restaurants where I ate:
Golden Corral. Hillstone. The Firkin & Hound. Akamaru. Haven Gastropub.

8) Something I am thankful for:
A completely successful surgery with zero complications, minimal discomfort, an outstanding surgeon and lots of people who love me to take care of me while I recovered.

9) A goal I had for this month:
Oh, gee, waking up from surgery? ;-)

10) This month I looked forward to:
Getting my surgery behind me. And spending some time with my California "family."

11) Something I want to remember about this month:
My imagination is always far worse than reality.

12) A photo I took this month:
Beautiful flowers from my very thoughtful friend, Giuseppina!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Holy Week: Palm Sunday

Jesus, I will ponder now
On your holy passion
With Your Spirit me endow
For such meditation
Grant that I in love and faith
May the image cherish
Of Your suff'ring, pain and death
That I may not perish

("Jesus, I Will Ponder Now," v.1)


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