July 22, 2018

The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time

Scripture “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3 NIV). “In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make […]

The Seventh Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time

Scripture “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5 with […]

The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross

Scripture “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the Father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross” (Mark 15:21 with references in the Meditation to Exodus 12:1-36, Matthew 16:24, Luke 23:26, Romans 16:13). Meditation Jesus staggers. The cross beam he is […]

The Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time

Scripture “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6, with references in the Meditation to Matthew 27:27-31, Mark 15:15-20, John 19:17,18, Psalm 38:4, Leviticus 16:5-22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:10, Ephesians 5:14). Meditation […]

The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Die

Note: Saturday Ramblings is taking a two-week hiatus in order to present the Stations of the Cross. You will be able to read a Station each morning through Good Friday. Your Rambler will be back, I promise. The Christian’s life is, in actuality, one long pilgrimage. We are pilgrims walking a road that leads through death […]

Beggar of Bread

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” —Nikolai Berdyaev Recently, a friend visited our family one evening and stayed a long time. I baked cookies during his visit and felt triumphant over that considering I’d been sick for one week and had not bought groceries in nearly […]

Having the Flu and Learning Greek (Delirious Thoughts on Weakness, Grace and Musical Notes)

Recently I returned from a short trip with my middle daughter, partly to celebrate her birthday and partly to assess the past difficult year. We walked miles and talked much. A major topic of conversation was simplicity and the desire we both have to learn laser-like focus of our energies and talents on God’s priorities. […]

Where Is God When We Need Him?

“At different times on the journey I have tried to fill the emptiness that frequently comes with God’s presence …” – Brennan Manning “The emptiness that frequently comes with God’s presence …” So that’s what this is? In recent days, some in the Internet Monk community have especially touched me. I can identify with the […]

Great Expectations

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee.” — Psalm 39:7 For some, the time after Christmas is somber and blue – the crash after peaking expectations plummet into a disillusionment of dashed hopes and disappointments. In years past, I reveled in the post-Christmas quiet. The exhaustion of hosting large […]

God With Us

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—‘tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” As a writer, these words by Mark Twain evoke a resounding Amen deep inside me. How many times have I labored for an hour or more to fix one sentence that […]