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This ariel image was taken at sunrise at Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

“Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.”

Scripture Reference: Psalm 31:24, The Message

Image Credit: Jassen T.

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Good Friday

This photo is the site known as Golgotha, in Israel. While the actual site of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth is not known for sure, this site is outside the gates of what was ancient Jerusalem, and has a garden near it that is believed to belong to Joseph of Arimathea.

“They took Jesus away. Carrying his cross, Jesus went out to the place called Skull Hill (the name in Hebrew is Golgotha), where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, Jesus in the middle. Pilate wrote a sign and had it placed on the cross. It read:

Jesus the nazarene the king of the jews.

 Many of the Jews read the sign because the place where Jesus was crucified was right next to the city. It was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. The Jewish high priests objected. “Don’t write,” they said to Pilate, “‘The King of the Jews.’ Make it, ‘This man said, “I am the King of the Jews.”’”

Pilate said, “What I’ve written, I’ve written.””

Scripture Reference: John 19:19-22, The Message

Image Credit: Israeli Tourism Society

Maundy ThursdayThis image is the famous painting from Tintoretto (a student of Titian) The Last Supper. He imbues his tableau with complexity and even mystery, as he plays with the notion of light and dark.  He also gives nods to the ordinary people of the day, including a few people preparing and serving food, along with a dog at an apostle’s feet, and a cat sniffing the contents of a basket.

For this is what the Lord himself has said about his Table, and I have passed it on to you before: That on the night when Judas betrayed him, the Lord Jesus took bread,  and when he had given thanks to God for it, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new agreement between God and you that has been established and set in motion by my blood. Do this in remembrance of me whenever you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup you are retelling the message of the Lord’s death, that he has died for you. Do this until he comes again.

Scripture Reference: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26, The Living Bible

Image Credit: Jacopo Tintoretto,  this painting is part of the collection at the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy.

Holy Week Wed

Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means “dead marsh.”

For the music director, of David, for a memorial.
O God, come quickly to deliver me, Adonai, to help me.
May they be put to shame and disgrace who seek my life.
May they be turned back in humiliation who delight in my hurt.
May those who say, “Aha! Aha!” be turned away because of their shame.
But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.
May those who love Your salvation always say, “Let God be magnified.”

But I am poor and needy— God, come quickly to me.
You are my help and my deliverer— Adonai, do not delay.

Scripture Reference: Psalm 70, Tree of Life Version

Image Credit: Christopher R Gray

 

Holy week tueThis cave is very famous. The  “Halle der Circe”  is a part of the cave Eiskogelhöhle  in Austria. It boasts the  highest-lying touristic cave in the world (2100 m alt.). With proper lighting the permanent ice in the hall shines in beautiful blue tones, which add enchantment atmosphere to the frozen hall.

“The crowd responded, “We understood from Scripture that the Messiah would live forever. How can you say the Son of Man will die? Just who is this Son of Man, anyway?”

Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.”

Scripture Reference: John 20:34-36, New Living Translation

Image Credit: Peter Gedei

March 21

The lighthouse in Chania Harbor, Crete, Greece, which was built by the Venetians (1595-1601), was placed among the 21 most famous lighthouses in the world. It has an open-flame torch and it still serves a beacon for all in the surrounding area.

 

 “Take a good look at my servant.
    I’m backing him to the hilt.
He’s the one I chose,
    and I couldn’t be more pleased with him.
I’ve bathed him with my Spirit, my life.
    He’ll set everything right among the nations.
He won’t call attention to what he does
    with loud speeches or gaudy parades.
He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt
    and he won’t disregard the small and insignificant,
    but he’ll steadily and firmly set things right.
He won’t tire out and quit. He won’t be stopped
    until he’s finished his work—to set things right on earth.
Far-flung ocean islands
    wait expectantly for his teaching.”

God’s Message,

the God who created the cosmos, stretched out the skies,

    laid out the earth and all that grows from it,
Who breathes life into earth’s people,
    makes them alive with his own life:
“I am God. I have called you to live right and well.
    I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe.
I have set you among my people to bind them to me,
    and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations,
To make a start at bringing people into the open, into light:
    opening blind eyes,
    releasing prisoners from dungeons,
    emptying the dark prisons.
I am God. That’s my name.
    I don’t franchise my glory,
    don’t endorse the no-god idols.
Take note: The earlier predictions of judgment have been fulfilled.
    I’m announcing the new salvation work.
Before it bursts on the scene,
    I’m telling you all about it.”

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 42:1-9, The Message

Image Credit: Peter LaPlaca

Mar 20

Stonehenge is pictured above, and before you wonder why today’s entry is using a “pagan” item to be paired with scripture, let me remind you that today is the first day of Spring for 2016. Many believe that Stonehenge was a place marking significant rituals and events in Celtic culture, especially for the solstice days. I believe it wasn’t constructed casually, but with great intention. I also believe it is a perfect photo for this, Palm Sunday, as we recall the words of Jesus that “even the stones will shout out.” It will be a long trek this week.

How often creation already knows what we have failed to see.

After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Scripture Reference: Luke 19:28-40, NRSV

Image Credit: Amary, for British Telegraph

March 19

A “casual stroll on the farm” afforded this photographer the opportunity to make this photo of a frosty and colorful scene in Vӧlkermarkt, located in the Austrian province of Carinthia. In part because of its more than 200 lakes and captivating landscapes, Carinthia is known as the “Austrian Riviera.”

“[God] with your finger you opened up springs and creeks, and dried up the wild floodwaters. You own the day, you own the night; you put stars and sun in place. You laid out the four corners of earth, shaped the seasons of summer and winter.”

Scripture Reference: Psalm 74:15-17, The Message

Image Credit: Sonia Sokhi

March 18

The European ExoMars orbiter mission got underway on Monday, March 14. And it is a perfect time to get a chance to see Mars in the night sky, just before dawn. This mosaic portrait of Mars taken by an orbiting spacecraft show the grandest canyon in the entire solar system, Valles Marineris, at the center.

“All the buried dead are in torment, and all who’ve been drowned in the deep, deep sea. Hell is ripped open before God, graveyards dug up and exposed. He spreads the skies over unformed space, hangs the earth out in empty space. He pours water into cumulus cloud-bags and the bags don’t burst. He makes the moon wax and wane, putting it through its phases. He draws the horizon out over the ocean, sets a boundary between light and darkness. Thunder crashes and rumbles in the skies. Listen! It’s God raising his voice! By his power he stills sea storms, by his wisdom he tames sea monsters. With one breath he clears the sky, with one finger he crushes the sea serpent. And this is only the beginning, a mere whisper of his rule. Whatever would we do if he really raised his voice!”

Scripture Reference: Job 26: 5-14, The Message

Photo Credit: Nasa/JPL

March 17

At the West End of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland is the Saint Patrick’s window, which tells the story of the life of Saint Patrick in 39 different images, from his kidnapping from Wales to his death in Ireland. St. Patrick helped to bring Christianity to Ireland.

“Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady andon track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.”

Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 1:7-9, The Message

Image Credit: Donald Tong