And so it begins

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The week has begun.  It actually started yesterday with the celebration of Palm Sunday.  Holy Week.  As a Christian, this week is one of the most important aspects of my faith.  And right now, I don’t have a lot of words.  No, my words elude me.  I don’t have words for what Jesus did on the cross for me.  For you.  For all of us.  Because the words are written as perfectly as they can be right in the Word – the Bible.  And how can I express it any better than that?

So you won’t find many words this week here at Mama’s Empty Nest.  Because I am speechless that a Savior would leave the glory of heaven to come to earth and face what He did just to save my soul. And yours.

I have no words for the agony of the cross and the miracle of the resurrection.  No words.  But if pictures paint a thousand words, I can do that.  I can depict my thoughts, my feelings, my words with my photos. So in a deviation from the norm, that’s what you will see this week – photos with very few or no words.

May they help you contemplate this holy week if you are a believer in Christ and if not, may they lead you to come to know Him.

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Do this in remembrance

Every year during this very special week I find myself a little speechless.

Holy Week, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter,  always leaves me at a loss for words.

To remember that my Savior entered Jerusalem triumphantly to the cheers of a crowd shouting, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”  yet just a few days later, Jesus hung on a cross dying to jeers of the crowd simply astonishes me beyond words.

After observing the Passover meal with His disciples and trying to prepare them for what He knew was to come, Jesus established what believers in Christ call the Last Supper.  Then He prayed to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus was betrayed, arrested, deserted and denied, tried and condemned to be crucified until death, beaten, scourged, and mocked.

To consider that He bore the sins of the entire world on His shoulders willingly, knowing the pain and agony He would bear and to realize He loved me (and you) enough to offer Himself as the sacrificial Lamb takes both my breath and my words away.

Last Saturday evening, the day before Palm Sunday, my husband and I worshiped the Risen Lamb with 14,000 other believers at a Casting Crowns concert in our nearby city.  What an incredible night.

What an amazing way to usher in this Holy Week, listening to and singing along with one of my favorite Christian performing groups.  Surrounded by a packed arena full of fellow Christians.  Again it rendered me speechless.

My own words seem so inadequate to express what my Savior did for us.  Often when words fail me, pictures and music suffice.  So as this Easter weekend unfolds, I’ll post music that is meaningful to me and captures the waves of emotion I feel.

And all because of this:

“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16

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