Heavenly Applause


Can’t you just hear the angels clapping when we get something right down here on earth? Scripture gives us some insight into this business of clapping our hands and so we know that it is not merely a human trait.

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. Psalm 47:1

Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy. Psalm 98:8

“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;

The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

Psalm 134:2. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. (This doesn’t exactly exemplify clapping but I’m sure you get the picture.)

And then there’s that great children’s song from the fifties:

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!
If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it;
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!

Happy Sunday.

Discombobulated


I adore words. They are my happy place when a touch of boredom sets into an unplanned day. Here are a few, with their meanings, that happened my way during a “long word” binge on the Internet.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is one of the longest words in the dictionary — and, in an ironic twist, is the name for a fear of long words. Sesquipedalophobia is another term for the phobia. (I’ve never heard of this one.)

Antidisestablishmentarianism (/ˌæntidɪsɪˌstæblɪʃmənˈtɛəriənɪzəm/ ( listen), US also /ˌæntaɪ-/ ( listen)) is a position that advocates that a state Church (the “established church”) should continue to receive government patronage, rather than be disestablished. (I knew about this one but have never used it.)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word as “a nonsense word, originally used esp. by children, and typically expressing excited approbation: fantastic, fabulous”, while Dictionary.com says it is “used as a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English.” (This one is an old favorite from the Mary Poppins movie.)

If you are feeling a little confused by these words, don’t worry, it may only mean that you are slightly discombobulated. Happy Saturday.

An Inquisitive Mind


It is commonly known that successful essays and journalism make good use of the five W’s: who, what, why, where, when. I found this to be true of the Bible also…

Who do you say I am? Matthew 16:15

What is that to you?  John 21:22

Why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

Where have you come from? Genesis 42:7

When the Comforter is come…John 15:26

It’s amazing what a little research will do for one’s inquisitive mind.

Happy Wednesday.

A Matter of Humility


Some people don’t like this word ‘humility’ as it may conjure up a sign of weakness, not realizing that humility in itself is a strength.

Here’s one definition I gleaned from the Internet: Humility is the quality of being humble and means putting the needs of another person before your own, and thinking of others before yourself. It also means not drawing attention to yourself, and it can mean acknowledging that you are not always right.

Here is the Bible’s take on humility:

Philippians 2: 3-11 : Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

 Luke 14: 11 : For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

1 Peter 5:6 : Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you…

James 4:10: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the humble, for they shall inherit the earth.

Happy Sunday.

Thomas Merton Quote: “Humility is the surest sign of strength.” (12  wallpapers) - Quotefancy

Sounds of Old


This morning there was an outdoor sound that imitated horse hooves on pavement. It took me back to the clip-clop days of horse and wagon deliveries of my childhood. It was always a treat to see a horse doing its job except when the tail went up and you knew that anything but a treat was about to land on the road. I always wondered how the horse knew to lift its tail out of the way. Back then there were milk wagons, bread wagons, ice cream wagons and even ice wagons. Iceboxes were still the norm for storing perishables in some homes in the forties.

I couldn’t identify the sound I heard today but enjoyed the memory it invoked. I hope your weekend includes some sounds of old. Happy Saturday.

The lost dairies of Toronto

Because He Lives


We’re here! The week that was has become the day that is. The triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the last supper, the scourging, the crucifying, the entombment…all are brought together in this one message. Jesus did not just live and die. Jesus died and lives. And furthermore we can be confident that life is worth the living just because He lives. Rejoice and be glad. Happy Easter.

And So We Wait


As we enter into this Holy Saturday and look back on the week that was, we see Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey to fulfill his destination.

He has had the Last Supper with his disciples and given them this commandment: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34,35

He has been tried, scourged, and nailed to a cross.

And now He is in the tomb; a tomb that is said to have belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy Jewish follower of Jesus.

And so we wait, because it is not over. The best is yet to come. Happy Saturday.

Holy Week – Abba's Prayer Warrior Princess

Good Friday


The question always gets asked, why is it called Good Friday when that’s the day Jesus was nailed to the cross? One can only surmise that trusting the outcome of that dreadful day to be His resurrection three days later made the unbearable less so.

It was also a day of hope for the fulfillment of His promise in Mark 9:31… because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”

Jesus Crucifixion Wallpapers - Wallpaper Cave

May your Good Friday be filled with hope.

About Maundy Thursday


Having taken part in many a Maundy Thursday ceremony over the years I’m loathe to admit I never really knew the meaning of Maundy.

I knew that Jesus gathered his disciples for their last meal together before his crucifixion, and it has always been known as The Last Supper; but that did not explain the meaning of Maundy. After reading the excerpt below I am much the wiser and it has only taken eighty-four years! Hopefully, those who are learning about this two-thousand-year-plus event will gain this insight at a much younger age.

Here is an explanation of Maundy Thursday as gleaned from the Intrnet:

The name ‘Maundy‘ is derived from the Latin word “mandatum”, meaning a commandment. Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper, commanded:

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.‘ John 13:34

Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci: Meaning, Interpretation