Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"And It Was Night" ~ The Light in Night...

{Sorry ~ WOYWW post below this one ~ thank you  :D}

Hullo there everyone, The photo below was taken of the moon last year in Feb. Thought it fitted this; Jesus said, He is our Light ... in the midst of darkness.
Thursday,March 28, 2013
“And It Was Night”    Read: John 13:21-30
Having received the piece of bread, [Judas] then went out immediately. And it was night. —John 13:30
"...I attended an evening service on the Thursday before Easter—a service of Communion and Tenebrae (darkness) held in a small chapel lit by candles. Following the bread and the cup, a passage was read aloud from the gospel of John, one candle was extinguished, and we sang a verse from a hymn about Jesus’ journey to the cross. This was repeated 14 times until the chapel was completely dark. In silence we knelt in prayer and then left one by one without speaking.
  
The darkness of this type of service can remind us of the dark elements surrounding Jesus’ death. Think of His last meal with the disciples (John 13:21-30) as He explained that one of them would betray Him. Only Jesus knew it was Judas. “Having received the piece of bread, [Judas] then went out immediately. And it was night” (v.30).

On the darkest evening of Jesus’ life, He agonized in prayer in the Garden, faced a wrongful arrest, endured humiliation at the hands of religious leaders, and winced at Peter’s denials.
 Yet He moved faithfully toward the cross where He would die for our sins.

Jesus endured darkness and death to give us light and life. Praise Him for what He went through for us!David C. McCasland

See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown? —Watts
(Taken from our Daily Bread e-cards)
"Live as if Christ died yesterday, arose this morning, and is coming back tomorrow."
Calvary reveals the vileness of our sin and the vastness of God’s love.

May God bless you with a happy safe Easter as we remember His great gift to us, 
Shaz in Oz.x 
Linking over to Word Art Wednesday, and Little Birdee Blessings, Scripture Thursday.

10 comments:

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thank you for these reminders of what Jesus suffered on our behalf. I like the quote that goes along with the picture. Live as if Christ died yesterday, arose this morning, and is coming back tomorrow. ~ Abby

Anne said...

Thankyou for your words. It is good to reflect on true meaning of Easter. Ihope to be at family communion service on Sunday. Blessings. Anne x

brenda said...

Such a very thoughtful post Shaz.

Our Thursday service on this Thursday is refer to 'Stripping the Alter' but I imagine the same ? Then on Easter Sunday our Church is renewed with the beautiful embroidered alter cloths and floral arrangements.

Wishing you a peaceful Easter.

B x

brenda said...

Sorry about that post Shaz, it's rather haphazard grammar wise.

B x

Betsy said...

Thank you for this post and the reminder many of us need. And to think He willingly suffered so much for us, so that we can be forgiven.
Blessings,
Betsy

Maxam Made said...

Beautiful Post Shaz, Thank you!
Ginny

Anne said...

I loved this devotional too Shaz and I didn't know that RBC did e-cards...will look it up. It make you stop and really consider what Jesus did for us and how amazing God is. thank you for posting this.xxxx

MaryH said...

Sharon, thank you for this very inspiring post. I have been thinking today, of what a Blessed Gift Humanity received - so very long ago, and the suffering endured on our behalf. If we will just accept it as it is freely given to us. Happy Easter, and TFS

scrappymo! said...

Amen!

Great post Shaz...thanks for this much needed reminder!

Blessings.

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

May our Lord bless you this Easter Shaz :-)

{{hugs}}
Jocelyn

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