Were You There? The Cross

Kathryn Blok

READ : Isaiah 53:1-12   The words of the singer appear to be directed to each of us personally: “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” We want to respond, “No, Lord. We were not there. We did not mock You, scourge You, spit upon You, press the crown of thorns on Your brow.” But our hearts condemn us. We know that He is hanging there in our place; that “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of …

Reflections on Servanthood

Victoria Elliot

READ : Luke 22:24, John 13:13-15   What a wonderful day on which to end our month of reflections – the day when Christ gave us the supreme example of serving. He took a towel (the symbol of a slave) to dry the disciples’ feet. Too busy arguing about who was the greatest, the disciples had not even considered doing this task. When Jesus finished His work, He resumed His role as Teacher and Master. He then asked the disciples, …

Reflections on Leprosy

Victoria Elliot

READ : 2 Kings 5:1-3, 9-14   Have you heard of the miraculous way a little boy and his pig helped thousands of children around the world? Fifty years ago a little boy named Wilbur Chapman was given three dollars to buy a toy. But instead of spending it for a toy, he bought a piglet and named him Pete. Pete grew very quickly. Several months later, Wilbur sold Pete for $25 – just enough money to support one leper …

Reflections on Suffering

Victoria Elliot

READ : Luke 13:10-14, Matthew 4:23-25, Romans 15:1   Suffering is universal, but recently I learned that young children are aware of our suffering. One of the members of our Alzheimer Support Group shared the following story written by her twelve-year-old grandson, Jack Cardinal. “My grandpa is eighty-one years old. Eight years ago he had trouble remembering things. The doctor said he had Alzheimers disease, which causes memory loss. My grandpa had many talents; he could weld, fix everything, fly …

Reflections on Taking Risks

Victoria Elliot

READ : Esther 8:3-7, Esther 4:13-17   The dictionary defines risk as exposure to danger, jeopardy. Many times risks turn out to be beneficial. I recently viewed the Dave Dravecky movie. I was impressed with the great risk he took in going back to pitch in the major league after experiencing the extreme cancer surgery in his pitching arm. Later, when amputation of his arm was necessary, how good it was to hear him say, “God had other plans for …

Reflections on Friends

Victoria Elliot

READ : 1 Samuel 18:1-6, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 18:24   Friends are a priceless gift from God. According to the dictionary, a friend is one person linked to another by esteem, respect, or affection. There is a saying, “Variety is the spice of life.” I have a variety of friends – old and young; tall and short; large and small; black and white. They all add spice to everyday living. With some, I share “fun times,” playing table games; with …