Thursday, March 28, 2013

Maundy Thursday



We cannot mourn this Holy Week - the reality of its shame and pain and blood.  The reality of confusion and loss.  We cannot wish it had never happened or we would be lost.

We can celebrate the love of the God who willingly sacrifices his PERFECT LAMB to save me...and you.

We can know that we never have to suffer alone (and I know so many who are suffering right now) because he knows all about pain and suffering...

Now, to go from this Last Supper with his mandate, his new command to love one another as he loves us.  How can I mess up such a simple command so often?  God have mercy.

Do you think that at that supper, he wondered or worried that  any of his disciples 'got it'?
Got all that he had told them and shown them?
Got all that was going to happen to him tomorrow and the next days?
Got the LOVE that he was offering and asking them to pay forward?

Do you think he wonders still?

Love.



11 comments:

Rachel said...

I don't wonder if he wonders because He knew. He knew there would be no way his disciples could comprehend what was to take place just as we still today can't comprehend it.

This subject is so overwhelming. Something I can't wrap my brain around. I love Easter. I love Easter because "He is risen".

I can't wrap my brain around this gift! It is so huge and encompasses so much!! I just know that I love my Savior so very much and need to show Him that I love Him by doing my very best everyday.

"Feed my sheep". That is what he asks..... You feed His sheep all of the time Donna!!

Donna said...

It is just too much to 'understand', isn't it? We just have to believe and be ever so grateful....
The shepherd becomes the lamb....
and all I have to do is feed his sheep....
He is risen!

Rachel said...

I love you!! Happy Easter this weekend!!!

Donna said...

Happy Easter to you and yours! I'm so glad the Father makes us sisters....love you for always.

K said...

Perfect. What you wrote is utterly true and important. Sometimes, just during the sacrament, I cannot stand the dark parts of the story - the betrayal, the children turning on their savior - the heartbreak of human truth. But mostly, I just don't want it to happen to him. But I can't protect him from it, because the loss of me and you and everybody he loves is far worse to him than those few days of - pain. I wonder, was he disappointed? But he knows us; he doesn't have false expectations - he loves us even as we are. That is the big surprise. What you said was said in each of the meetings we went to today - ours and Chaz'. You can't wish the sorrowful story away or you lose the point of everything, and yourself.

So all you are left with is an unrequiteable gift and the imperatives of gratitude. We must learn to love. Not as humanity does, but as he did and does - a thing I am not sure I am vast enough of heart, or brave enough - to do. I suppose it should be a comfort that we are given a lifetime - and the message is that it will probably take that long, and that's why all these years stretch in front of us. Let us not waste them.

Life is so much bigger than we know -

Donna said...

It is too hard sometimes. And you are so write to say that it takes courage to love like he did with no illusions...to simply love because love is your very nature...to take your 'self' out of the mix. I have been praying to be less fearful....but still afraid to pray to be fearless....I'm working on it.
Living a life filled with gratitude....with blessings abundant why is it still so hard? Grrr.
Glad we get a life time!
Love you....just like I'm supposed to. :-)

no spring chicken said...

Praise that He does have mercy! I for one am in need of it daily.. beautiful post Donna. I hope you had a lovely day. We were missing many of our peeps but enjoyed being with the ones who were here. :)

Blessings, Debbie

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

My wonder is always at the way He loves us!! Indescribable love. I am so, so, so grateful for every day. Beautiful post, Donna. AND THANK YOU!!! After a long, hard trip home yesterday, your beautiful package greeted me when I got home... and just lifted my spirit. Amanda and I both have the Biltmore on our bucket list. ;) I couldn't wait to call and tell her about your brochures. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. blessings ~ tanna

Donna said...

Tanna, so glad you are home safe and warm. I would love to go to the Biltmore with you and Amanda just to hear what you could teach me. It is an amazing place. Let me know and I will meet you there! Happy you like your little surprise....
And God's love? Amazing! Humbling. Life.

W-S Wanderings said...

Sometimes I just don't know what to say. My thoughts and feelings don't always don't always find their way into words. This is one of those times. Luckily you are able to attach words to your thoughts. To your heart and soul.

Blessings...

Donna said...

Thanks, Wabi, for sharing a heart that feels.