April 19, 2017

Anne of Green Gables Is Coming!

Have you heard? Netflix is doing a remake of Anne of Green Gables (by LM Montgomery) and will be here on May 12. I just saw a trailer today and am so excited. I loved the old one, but this one looks fresh and funny.

The author has some fabulous lines in Anne of Green Gables.

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” 
“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” 
“I'm in the depths of despair!" 
“Red hair is my life long sorrow.”
“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”

Now here is a trailer for the new Anne of Green Gables.


Doesn't that look fun?

Have you read or seen Anne of Green Gables? What do you love about it?


April 16, 2017

Sunday Morning Hush

The air was still and the sun was just peeking over the horizon, bathing the sky in a lavender hue. She heaved a heavy sigh as she hugged her sack of spices to her chest, its pungent scent filling the air as they walked the dusty path.

The women with her were silent, which was a relief to her weary heart. What more could be said? He was dead. Their hopes and dreams dashed as his life gave way to death.

How would life ever be the same? How could she go on without the one who gave her such hope?

She stifled the sob that threatened to undo her. She must be strong like the other women. Though silent, none of them were wallowing in grief as she wanted to do. She kept her head down, eyes on the path in front of her.

They neared the tomb and she finally looked up. The stone! Someone had rolled the stone away! Lurching ahead of the women, she ran to the tomb.

Who would steal her Lord? Who would dare?

Heart hammering in her chest, she stopped at the opening of the tomb, dust billowing all around her, making it hard to see. She stepped forward, then gasped.

He was gone, just as she feared.

She was jostled further in as the other women strained to see as well. Their cries of anguish filled her ears and she tried to make sense of the empty tomb.

A shift in the shadows to the right sent a shiver down her spine. She looked and suddenly a man in a white robe, gleaming in radiance appeared, sitting to the right of where the body should be.

They all cried out and sank to their knees in fear.

"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you."

Just as suddenly as he appeared, the man disappeared from their sight. No one moved, and all was silent except for their labored breathing. She looked around at the faces of the women around her, their eyes wide, just as hers probably were.

He has risen!

A smile stole across her face. He has risen. She put her hands to her face, her grin unstoppable.

He was alive!

"Come on! Let's go tell the disciples!" She grabbed the hand of one of the women, pulling her from the tomb. "What good news we have to share. He is alive!"

She laughed, her heart full. Her hope restored.

Jesus is alive, the Giver of hope, the Teacher of all wisdom, the Bestower of peace. 

Have a blessed Easter.



April 05, 2017

Bat Appreciation Week

Did you know it was Bat Appreciation Week? I didn't. In some ways, I wish I didn't know, but as one of God's creatures, I suppose we should appreciate them at some point. So here are a few bat facts:

  • Bats are the only mammals that are capable of true flight.
  • Bats make up a quarter of all mammals.
  • They have 1 pup a year.
  • They can live up to 30 years. 
  • They can eat 1,200 mosquitos in 1 hour. 
  • They can live anywhere except polar regions and desert areas.

Did you know you can even Adopt A Bat?

Yeah, I don't want to either.

Happy Wednesday!




photo by jochemy @pixabay

April 03, 2017

The One Who Sees

Jesus was traveling through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem - the place where he would give up his life. He knew the plan and was focused on it.

But He looked up.

He looked up and saw Zacchaeus high in a tree.

Zacchaeus expected to be ignored. He usually was. It is ironic that the name Zacchaeus means innocent or pure. He was anything but innocent. He was a tax collector. A wealthy tax collector who most likely gained his wealth by extortion. No, he was not innocent by any stretch of the imagination. He was considered a bad man and was ignored.

Being a short man, he climbed the tree to see over the crowds while Jesus passed. In the branches of the tree, he would be hidden. He would be camouflaged. He could perch in the tree, get a good view of Jesus, and be hidden from those who would turn their backs on him.

But Jesus is the One who sees.

Jesus knows who we are and our value. He offers mercy and we won't find it in the trees we hide in.

Even though he was journeying to the cross, Jesus took the time to look up and see someone in need. Someone whose heart was open and receptive to His love.

The presence of Jesus changed Zacchaeus and He can change us too. His presence changes our mission in life.

His love becomes the heart of everything we say and do when we look up and see those in need around us.

Just like Jesus.

***Based on the John Ketchersid's sermon on 4/2/2017



Photo by Josch13 at Pixabay
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