The Body and the Blood

God Himself authored annual remembrances. He taught His people from the early pages of Scripture to set aside specific days to deliberately recall His mighty acts. He warned them passionately never to forget what He had done in their behalf and to fear the prospect so vividly that their memories would be sharpened ever again like the blade of a warrior’s sword. For most of us who have been raised in the church and know the hymns and songs of this season by heart, we make the choice to set our hearts and minds once again on the saving, death-defeating acts of Jesus Christ. We ask God to do through His Spirit what only He can do:

Our faithful Abba Father, cause the looming shadow of the Cross to fall afresh on us again. Let us remember with horror how dark our lives would be without the Christ. Roll the heavy stone of our slumbering familiarity away from the empty tomb and wake us up with a shout.

And He hears our prayer.

I awakened this morning to an empty house, my man away for the better part of the day and, early on, I felt the Spirit begin to answer the petition I’d made yesterday. Lord, help me to remember. Move me once again with the power of the Cross.

 

God reminded me of a portion in the 27th chapter of Acts when the Apostle Paul and 275 others were aboard a ship in a terrible storm that had raged for many days. We know that, of his cohorts, at least Luke was with him, the ink of his pen filled with brine. Read Acts 27:33-36 for yourself.

 

Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.

Look at that last portion once more:

He took some bread and gave thanks to God…Then he broke it.

 

Read words from the page of the gospel written earlier by the very same man who penned the Book of Acts:

When the hour came, Jesus and His apostles reclined at the table. And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:14-19

Took bread. Gave thanks, Broke it.

 

Same words. Same order.

 

Back to Acts 27.

In the New International Commentary on the New Testament, F. F. Bruce writes…

There is a cluster of words and phrases here – “took bread,” “gave thanks,” “broke it” – which are familiar in a eucharistic setting. This supports the view of many commentators that the meal here described [in Acts 27] was a eucharistic meal. Probably it was so in a limited sense: all shared the food, but to the majority it was an ordinary meal, while for those who ate with eucharistic intention (Paul and his fellow-Christians) it was a valid eucharist: “the bread which we break, is it not our participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16)

To the majority it was an ordinary meal.

 

To the majority of people on Planet Earth today, this is an ordinary day. Malls will keep  humming, Facebook will keep friending, Twitter will keep tweeting, planes will keep flying, tellers will keep telling, businesses will keep selling.

 

But for those of us who “eat” of this day with Eucharistic intention, and think deliberate thoughts toward a crucified Christ, ours is a valid feast of remembrance.

 

While others eat this day away like it’s any other day, we savor its bittersweet taste and call it sacred.

 

Maybe you have long been in a storm with no sun in sight. Right there in all the tossing, surrounded even by those who may ignore Him or mock Him, draw from the Body and the Blood. Let today, even in your pain, be sacred to you and any brokenness, your living sacrifice, and may the heavens open wide with the thundering power of the Cross and drench you with the rain of your long-awaited deliverance.

 

Do this in remembrance of Me.

Because of the Cross of Christ, Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18

 

This is a prayer I wrote this morning. For me, reading the prayers of others sometimes reminds me of something I, too, want to ask of my Father. We are all His children. We who are in Christ are each invited to “the Throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” I am in need. You are in need. If any of this speaks to the place you are right now, you are welcome to come right here with me and kneel as one who believes and we’ll bring these petitions to our faithful God together.

 

My Dearest Abba and my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus,

Cause me to be moved and mindful of this death and resurrection season – Of this, the most important annual celebration we commemorate as Your church. Cause me to be awake and aware in You, Lord. I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this One spotless Lamb of God. For just a moment, I try to imagine myself on that same road of suffering with that same cross on my flesh-torn back, pierced, hung, and exposed on that same tree and I shudder.  My sins outweigh my frame, Lord. I am unable to bear them. Thank You, Jesus, for not only bearing the pain but for enduring the shame. You are the single reason I am not weighed down in the suffocating mire of shame every single day of my life. I earned it. I deserved it. I am so grateful, Abba Father, for Your willingness to will and to witness that soul-saving, Hell-defeating act rendered by Your one and only Son. I praise You, faithful, merciful God, and ask to be moved this weekend with meditation, reflection, fresh wonder and renewed victory.

Please pursue each member of my family and me for the full work and benefit of Your Cross and Your resurrection. Please do not yield to our resistance. Appear unmistakably in every place we run. Walk through every door we slam. No addiction need hold us, no affliction need bind us, no suffering need smother us, no defeat need hover over us, no foolish act need define us and death need not haunt us. In the quake of the Cross, hopelessness slipped through the trembling cracks of earth and fell with an everlasting sentence into the bottomless abyss. Graves broke open and the bonds of the guilty fell from their wrists with a breath-taking thud. Because of this day that we, Your church, commemorate, we are free.

We are grateful.

We are aware.

In the saving Name of Jesus Christ,

Amen.

 

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  1. 1
    Michele says:

    Thank you Beth!
    I have been in a stormy season lately, to the extent that I couldn’t listen to a radio Bible message on the crucifixion the other day because I couldn’t bear any more pain. Yet I knew that that is the place I need to be, meeting Jesus at the foot of his cross.

    So today, I spent all morning with my nose in my Bible, and was so grateful when God met me there and showed me a number of cool things.

    I wrote about one of them: We are Barabbas http://wp.me/p16nNd-a7

    I can’t imagine what it was like for Jesus that day. Thinking about the agony he endured breaks my heart. I pray God always keeps my heart soft and grateful. Thank You, Jesus. Praise You, Lord.

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    Sarah Marion says:

    Hebrews 4:16 was our family memory verse at the beginning of March. What a great scripture to keep in the front of our minds, especially this week as we are reminded of the mercy we have received and the grace we can find in Christ Jesus.

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    Missy S says:

    Amen, Beth! I had a very similar thought this morning about this being an ordinary day for most of the world. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but Google has a special backdrop today in honor of Earth Day. It is a beautiful, almost Edenic scene. When I first saw it, I had a moment of excitement, thinking, “Is it possible that Google understands that Good Friday is the very thing that makes the promise of a new heaven and a new earth possible?” Unfortunately not. Instead, Google chose to celebrate Earth Day, rather than the crucifixion of our Lord. “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.” Even still, that juxtaposition of Good Friday and Earth Day made Christ’s passion all the more beautiful to me. What could be a more true Earth Day than the day in which our Savior “humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross” so that He might rescue His creation?

    • 3.1
      Martha Helen says:

      so true! didn’t even catch that. thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • 3.2
      Ashley says:

      What I love about this is that we know that Jesus is the One who will one day bring a new heaven and a new earth. No act of man can accomplish this, but the day will come…He makes all things new!

  4. 4
    Sally Denton says:

    I am praying for you as I read your prayer.

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    Kim Safina says:

    AMEN!

    May the Glory of Easter be filled with blessings in each of our baskets!!!

    “He is risen! He is not here.”
    Mark 16:6 NIV

    Life’s special blessings always,
    Kim Safina

    • 5.1
      Beth says:

      My Dear Kim, may I ask your patience and understanding not to post the other comment at this time that included so much of the material from Fresno? I am blessed beyond measure that the Holy Spirit ministered to you. He shook me as well and I’ve pondered it a number of times. It is from Him alone. I am adapting some of that material for a session in James and would like so much to save it for that time. I feel like you’ll understand because you are tender of spirit. I want you to know that I read it and did not take lightly that you wrote it all out. Thank you so much for allowing me to serve you.

      • Kim Safina says:

        Sweet Friend,

        Absolutely!!!

        THE LORD HAS BEEN SPEAKING TO ME AND TOUCHING MY HEART IN SO MANY WAYS LATELY!

        I have asked HIM to CARRY ME a few times in the past months!! 🙂

        I RESPECT you,your family, and the ministry!!!

        *PRAYER REQUEST* ~

        Please *PRAY for me on the 30th of April.
        I am guest speaking at a ladies tea luncheon 3 hours from my home.
        The HOLY SPIRIT gave me a WORD to minister to the ladies on the following:
        THE ROYALTY “royal tea” OF THE SOVERIGN LORD ~ CROWN HIM!!!
        (same day as the Royal wedding of William and Kate)
        Using Revelation 1:4-8
        James 2:8
        1 Peter 2:9
        If you have any other scriptures to share, please email them to me!! KLSAFINA@aol.com

        Have I told you lately that you are a blessing?
        “YOU ARE A BLESSING!!!”
        Kim 🙂

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    Beth,
    That was beautiful, Thank you <3
    Blessed Good Friday to you, and Happy Resurrection day.
    love you my sister.

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    Laura K in SD says:

    Amen!!!

    Beth, there is so much more I could say in response to this special prayer you have shared on this holiest of days, even as tears well up in my eyes. But today it is enough to kneel beside you and say – “Amen”.

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    staciehope365 says:

    AMEN!

  10. 10
    Redeemed says:

    Words fail me. My heart is full and my mouth is shut…as it should be.

  11. 11
    Dawn says:

    Kneeling and praying with you.

    Thank you for so beautifully expressing what I need to pray today.

    Dx

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    Kristen L says:

    This message almost screamed at me as I read it! Every meal, every drink, every snack that is not blessed will never fulfill our hunger. Could that be why our society is full of gluntney? As I sit here with the realization of all of the meals I never blessed and thanked God for, I realize that I have never appreciated the taste or the fulfillment it could bring me. Every meal, drink, and snack should be our communion. God delivered us a savior that devoted EVERYTHING to forgiving our sins. He never took a day to go fishing or hunting, he never stopped spreading God’s word to us even when he knew one day he would be killed yet everyday we wake up and choose not to say thank you because we have to hurry up and get our families ready for the day ahead, then we never take the time to bless the food because there is something more important to watch on TV. Society has become our easy excuse. ” AI or DWTS, or the Bachelor, or a sports game is on during dinner” Among many different options. The truth is we as christian need to “Fess up and Fix it” We can no longer blame society for the decisions we make. We have a choice to turn technology off, cancel or miss events and thank God for everything and often times we choose not too. This Easter, I pray that christians will unite by breaking the cycle and no longer allowing these distraction to prohibit us from thanking God. When your family sits down tonight for dinner, where ever it may be, hold each others hands, bow your heads, and ask God to fulfill your hunger by blessing the food and drink you are about to receive.

    God Bless and Happy Easter!

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    kendal says:

    you know, i thought i was in a storm today. in my eyes, it looked bad. but. nothing ocmpares. nothing. to what christ endured for me. praise him. praise him.

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    Jeanette Dahm says:

    Dear Beth, What awesome words to start our day. Help me never to forget the sacrifice that Christ made for me and my loved ones to open that gateway to heaven and our eternal home with Him and Our Father. Any hardship that comes our way pales in comparison to what He went through to bring us home. Let us never give up doing good to others that they may see this saving Christ in us. Have a very Blessed Easter.

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    Emily says:

    Beautifully said. Your words are a gift. Thank you. Praise the King!

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    Sharon says:

    Thank you, Beth. I am at work overwhelmed with the presence of God.

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    Jessica says:

    Jesus…
    Because You became poor, I am rich. Rich in wisdom, rich in love, rich in power, rich in friendship, rich in lots of things that mean more than what we can see with our natural eyes.
    Because of You, we can bring healing to a broken world.
    Because of You, this orphaned world can find family.
    Let Your beautiful Kingdom come on this earth, Lord Jesus. Just as it is in heaven. Joy and wholeness, Lord. Let it come.

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    Amen and Amen.
    I’m standing over here in my stormy seas and it’s because of God using your ministry, one by one, 2 Cor 2:14-17. The Beautiful Fragrance of Christ to me in a dark night.

    May it be done, as you have so powerfully asked for all of us, according to His Word ~ Luke 1:38. May our fledgling faith make us well again ~ Luke 17:19. No lack of evidence this Resurrection Sunday; only lack of heart AND we will not stay there. May God’s Strong Author Hand grace every problem, every thought ~ Isa 40:11.

    Happy Easter Beth, Melissa, Amanda and to your beautiful families. Thank You All for I Cor 14:1 (The Message) – “Going hard after a Life of Love as if your Life depended on it.”

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    Cheryl says:

    Thank you, Beth for your faithfulness to those of us seeking Christ. I just finished watching Video Session #3 in the Beloved Disciple Series. I am so grateful that words you spoke all those years ago which I need to hear at this time in my life are available and you were moved to speak them as you did. I am praying this season that I may have the heart of a servant and all those praying today may be of one mind in Christ. Praise you Heavenly Father for the gift of your Son.

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    Ina says:

    Amen and Amen.

  22. 22
    Gina says:

    Thank you…sitting here longing for knowledge…so hungry…

  23. 23
    Melissa says:

    Thank you, Mom! I loved this so much.

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    Melanie says:

    Thank you Beth. Your words today are so true. Today should not be treated as any other day. The Lord led me to this Scripture today “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:23-25 This is a beautiful picture of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus. Unless a grain of wheat is buried,it will not become a blade of wheat producing many more grains. Jesus had to die to pay the penalty for our sin, but also to show His power over death. His resurrection proves He has eternal life. Because He is God, He can give this same eternal life to all who believe in Him.

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    Jane says:

    Thank you Beth for opening my eyes today. I so needed to read this. You are such a blessing to all of us. We love you.

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    Nicole says:

    Thank you Beth. I bow with you and remember and wait expectantly for a drenching!

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    julie says:

    beth,
    it is raining here as i read your words and prayer. i have also been in a prayerful mode,remembering what Jesus did for us this day on the cross. remembering not just the physical pain that he went through but even more importantly, the crushing weight of our sins that he had to bear.

    i am on my knees with you beth, praying for my family but especially for my wayward 15 yr. old son who is into things he should not be into.

    LORD,i bring him to the throne of grace, to the mercy seat. i THANK YOU that because of what you did this day, because that veil was torn, i am able to bring my beloved son before you in prayer. i pray that you turn him back towards the things of you. deliver him my precious Jesus from the things that have a hold on him. block his path with thorn bushes. wall him in so that he can not find his way in the things that he is doing and turn him back to you, my GOD and my Savior, his GOD and his Savior!
    amen

    • 27.1
      Colette says:

      Praying with you Julie!! I also have a teenager who has fallen away from God! But I am trusting that God will draw him back! God is in control!
      I pray that both these boys will come back and love Jesus even more than they did before! In Jesus name I pray! Amen!!

      • julie says:

        thank you so much colette!! i am praying in agreement with you and i commit to pray for your son as i pray for mine.

        have a wonderful resurrection sunday!

        Rejoicing in our LORD,
        julie

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    Ashley says:

    May we always eat of the sacred, no matter whether we are surrounded by mockers or worshippers. Let us stand firm as oaks of righteousness among the reeds being tossed about.

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    Deborah says:

    Thank you Beth. I’ve been trying to sit here and grasp the magnitude of this day. Your words said it all. We lost our daughter to cancer several years ago, and our family has been so beaten down. Often when we are battling the struggles of life, we fail to remember and think of His Sacrifice. As my oldest son battles addictions, and my husband and i struggle to raise our younger child, it sometimes seems too much. But you did it again, put into words what we all need to say.

    thank you Beth, from the bottom of my heart.

    • 29.1
      Beth says:

      Oh, Sister, no wonder if sometimes seems too much. It IS. I am so sorry for all the suffering you’ve endured and I pray this day with other sisters here on the blog that God would apply the power of the Cross and resurrection afresh to your family, ease your suffering, free your son, and fill your hearts with hope again. I care so much.

    • 29.2
      Ashley says:

      echoing what Beth said…I am stopping to pray for your family right now. Freedom, restored joy, release from the stronghold of addiction and for you to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living…right now, today!

    • 29.3
      jan says:

      Praying with tear filled eyes for your family, Deborah.

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    Karen E says:

    Good Friday is the greatest gift I have ever received! Amen!

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    You know every single one of those words could have been written with my own hand and been sincere. I literally started shaking at the thought of where I would be if He had not sacrificed Himself for me!

    And that whole thing about the rest of the world seeing this as an ordinary day. My counselor, yesterday, who sent her kids to private Christian schools asked me if my kids would have the day off today. I had not thought of Christians schools possibly taking the day off for Good Friday! What a marvelous idea! And guess what? Of course, my kids are in school today. In their public, secular school. My son has baseball practice this afternoon just like last Friday, and I’d have him skip if it weren’t for the fact that opening day ceremonies and his first game are tomorrow. On Saturday of Easter weekend. To me, in some ways, Saturday speaks to me even more than Friday. On Saturday, Jesus was in the tomb and the disciples could see no hope. That is so often where I live. And yet, little do I know, Sunday is coming! I need to remember that! Sunday is always coming! I may not be able to see it, but God always has a plan and it’s going to be great!!!

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    C Chamblee says:

    And all God’s people said Amen & Amen. Your words touched me so. My family is going through so many trials in this season of our lives. We can see God making us stronger each and every day, as strugles and hardships keep coming our way, He keeps providing. One of my siesta verses:

    Blessed is the man who perseveres under trials, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised those who love him.
    James 1:12

    As Christians this is our season! That was a precious ‘King of Kings’ born that first Christmas but when the grave could not hold ‘The Perfect Lamb’ our way to heaven was paved.

    Glory! Glory!

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    Rita-Little Rock says:

    Beth, thank you for your words of TRUTH and encouragment. AMEN and AMEN. As I head to work very early Sunday morning I will rejoice with each of you and the Heavenly Host that HE IS RISEN. HE IS ALIVE!!!!!!!! and because HE is I can face the challenges that face me each and every day. Praise GOD.

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    Cindy Gandy says:

    Amen.

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    GJ says:

    Beth – once again your words are so anointed. May this never be an ordinary day. Your comparisons of these passages was so rich. Thank you for that beautiful prayer.

    This morning when my grandson Zeke and I sat out on the front porch swing (wrapped in blankets and with our coffee), I sang one of my favorite hymns – and especially this time of year, Easter. “Hallelujah What A Savior,” written by Phillip Bliss in 1875.

    Man of Sorrows! what a name
    For the Son of God, who came
    Ruined sinners to reclaim.
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!

    Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
    In my place condemned He stood;
    Sealed my pardon with His blood.
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!

    Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
    Spotless Lamb of God was He;
    Full atonement! can it be?
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!

    Lifted up was He to die;
    “It is finished!” was His cry;
    Now in Heaven exalted high.
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!

    When He comes, our glorious King,
    All His ransomed home to bring,
    Then anew His song we’ll sing:
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!

    And of course as my man Gary leads this in worship, we always sing at least 2 or 3 more “Hallelujah What A Savior” lines at the end – louder and more GLORIOUS than the rest!

    May God bless you Moores, Joneses, and Fitzpatricks with a blessed Easter weekend and sweet family time.

    I love you sweet friend of mine,
    GJ

    • 35.1
      Kathy B says:

      Thank you, Miss Jan. I love, love, love Easter music. My personal fav? “Because He Lives,” by Bill Gaither. The song that resonated in my head this morning, though was “It Is Finished” as sung by the Life Action Singers back in the ’70’s. May I share a bit?

      There’s a line that’s been drawn through the ages.
      On that line, stands the old rugged cross.
      On that cross, a battle is raging
      For the gain of man’s soul or it’s loss.

      Now on one side march the forces of evil
      All the demons and the devils of hell.
      On the other, the angels of glory.
      And they meet on Golgatha’s hill.

      Then the earth shakes with the force of the conflict.
      The sun refuses to shine.
      For there hangs God’s Son in the balance.
      And then through the darkness He cries,

      It is finished!
      The battle is over.
      It is finished!
      There’ll be no more war.
      It is finished!
      The end of the conflict.
      It is finished!
      And Jesus is Lord!

      Sunday is coming.

      • GJ says:

        Kathy! Yes – EASTER is our hope and we sing sing sing! I too love Because He Lives – I have sang that at many funerals at the request of the family.

        And I am so glad Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED, not “I AM FINISHED!”

        Hallelujah What A Savior!

        Happy Easter to all my siestas,
        Georgia Jan

        • Patti says:

          Thanks Jan and Kathy for posting the words to those hymns! Sometimes just savoring them without any music or fanfare is like applying balm to a weary soul.
          Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday!
          Patti Hayes

          • Kathy B says:

            Completely my pleasure, Patti. I’m just sorry your soul is weary, my dear. And Miss Jan, I imagined you singing Gaither’s classic along with us this morning. Even sweeter.

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    pat w says:

    do you know, beth, how important what you do, is?
    i gather you to be a humble honest soul, and i want you to know, that you bring an element of connectivity and a place of sharing in this “thin place” that this blog room is, -thank you.
    today is good friday… i’ve always wondered why it was called “good” cause it was a day of death and suffering for jesus, wasn’t it, so why was it ever called “good”?
    as for eucharistic-communion bread, i dont never like to bite and chew it too hard, cause i dont want to act like i’m biting jesus, ya know, but it is a solemn time and one for remembering what jesus did for me in mind before i was ever even born.

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    Yanna Westmoreland says:

    Amen

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    Gina says:

    I’ve been out and about for most of the day and I am having a moment of complete silence at home. These words have blessed me beyond measure.

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    Church Lady says:

    Thank you so much Miss. Beth. That is just what I needed today. Thank you for being and empty vessel for the Lord to work through.

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    Wendy Berenson says:

    I am silenced and awed. All I can say is amen.

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    Warm in Alaska says:

    and Amen.

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    “For you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth . . . Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
    (Rev. 5:9-10,12b, ESV).

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    Deborah says:

    Amen.

    Resurrected Lord Almighty, we live and breathe and believe that our glorious salvation came through Your precious sacrifice. This day we remember You. This day we imagine what it must have been like for Your Father in heaven. You wore my sins. He looked away. And You cried out…”My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” You were broken for me. Your blood dripped unceasing, an innocent Lamb, slaughtered and disgraced…my Holy Sacrifice. I come today to take this broken bread and remember You. It is Your plea, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” This day is holy and remembered by Your flock. Lord, You know those who need to come to the cross. My heart hurts for those who look away and are not changed. Be steadfast in Your pursuit of those who look away. Begin a new work in me. I look to You and say thank You. My heart is filled with gratitude and awe at what You did for me. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Speak.

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    Annette says:

    Oh the power of the Cross–On the Friday that became Good. So full of love, redemption.

    Blessed, blessed Easter Beth and family. Love, Annette

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    Beth Herring says:

    i can’t do much else but sit in silence and ponder this. i have been reading a book by Henry Blackaby called “Experiencing the Resurrection” and it has certainly changed my life.

    thank you Beth for being who you are in Christ and allowing to us to do the same. we never feel any condemnation from you – just the lavish of love of Jesus through you.

    Love you, Beth

    • 45.1
      Yolanda says:

      Echoing you Beth H., as never have I felt any condemnation, just pure understanding, love and grace from Beth M and LPM. Beth Herring, I feel the very same way about you and some of the other Siesta’s that the Lord has allowed to move from the screen into my heart. Love to each one of you, and a very blessed and joyful Easter.

      Yolanda

    • 45.2
      Patti says:

      Hi Beth H.
      Dr. Blackaby has also written a book titled, “Experiencing Prayer With Jesus” Have you read that? It’s not only a life-changer, but a prayer-changer.
      Blessings to you,
      Patti Hayes

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    Amy says:

    Thank you, Mama Beth. I joined you for that prayer on my knees too… and the second part made me cry. Sometimes I forget that I’m not to beg as a child of God, approaching Him as if He were unwilling to give those things. Thank you for giving me words to voice the longing of my heart for my family.

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    Pam Houston says:

    Eucharisteo….always eucharisteo, in remembering, in brokeness, in sharing, in gratefulness and in picking up my cross daily. “For me to live is Christ….” Thank you Beth for bringing the Good Friday I’ve been searching for today. This morning I was meditating on the resurrection power and the earthquake that hit when the power of God exploded inside that tomb and Jesus’ spirit and his dead body were reconnected and the earth shook. I imagined this earthquake was so powerful as to be felt around the entire world, since heaven touched earth with resurrection power. Of course, I’ll have no way of knowing that until we get up to heaven and get to have some questions answered. I just had to sing at the top of my voice, “He arose, He arose, Hallelujah Christ arose!” Still, I needed to meditate more thoroughly on Good Friday and the ultimate price paid…and the gratefulness of sharing His broken body and His spilt blood to purchase redemption for all who believe in His death, burial and resurrection. You gave that to me through His Spirit! Hallelujah, what a Savior…We are so blessed here in “Siestaville” and I am so very grateful too for your powerful and anointed ministry.

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    nancy says:

    Thank you, Beth!
    What a wonder…It IS finished and now we are FREE!
    Even so, come Lord Jesus! Amen.
    Love you so!
    You are such a blessing to me.

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    carla says:

    I just got the greatest gift for a non-computer person as myself. I got a kindle and have read three books this past week. This is totally off the subject but I realized the enormity of God’s love so present this past week as I was reading. HE really has a sense of humor and loves us all so much. Easter and Christmas are remembrances of two things HE did for us but everyday we should be on our knees greatful, thanking HIM for it all, the struggles, the gifts, our family, everything. I am so greatful, I can’t believe the enormity of his love. Thank you Miss Beth for guiding our thoughts sometimes….He is ever present, always dear……

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    Dena DeBoer says:

    I have such a mixture of emotions as I write to you for the first time. I remember the first time I heard of you. Truly, didn’t even know who you were and I purchased tickets to attend your seminar here in Lincoln, Nebraska. (maybe 10 or 12 years ago?) I was deep in the midst of watching my son, who was severly handicapped and going through one of his 26 or so surgeries, being used by God to reach so many, and yet, trying to just rest in Him through it all. Anyway, I had no idea how God would use your seminar to fill my cup in a way and grow so I could see His bigger picture that my son’s suffering here was for His glory and to reach so many and that me and my family got to be blessed by “watching in the stands” if you will and watch God work….well, it’s now been 9 years since my son has passed and now is with the Father and I will be attending your seminar at the end of June in Lincoln Nebraska with my 2 daughters and we will worship together and remember not just this weekend but everyday we celebrate the promise and hope that our Lord gave and rest in that promise. We will be all reunited someday to worship together! I know you probably recieve many, many emails to lives changed, but just know that He used you and your team to fill my heart and make me focused on Him and not circumstances to be allowed just a glimpse of the tapestry of His plan. It’s an incredible story of God and God moving through a boy who only lived 8 1/2 years here but accomplished a lifetime of lives saved and changed. One of those lives changed is on the Beth Moore team for here in Lincoln in your upcoming event…it’s all just a cool God story…anyway, I am excited to share and worship with my daughters this time in june with you and your team!!!

    Glory only to Him,
    Dena

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      Beth says:

      Oh, Dena, what a moving story you have. I am so sorry for your suffering and deeply grateful to God for empowering you to see such divine purpose in your precious one’s brief life. I will be honored to serve you in Nebraska. I’ll see you there. Blessed Resurrection weekend, Sister.

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