Easter and Spring 2017

Springtime, a time to plant new seeds. The seeds will grow and produce beautiful fruits and vegetables. Then there will come a time when we reap what we planted. The season is ripe to harvest. Beautiful flowers, turnips, tomatoes, onions and much more. If I did not plant onions and tomatoes, I cannot reap them.  What a surprise to find I did not reap all that I thought I planted. Too many distractions took my time. Now it is late, those seeds would not have time to grow and bear fruit in this season

This is like it is with our soul. We prepare our soul for a great harvest. We do not know the hour or the time when we will be called home to our final resting place, a place more beautiful than any of us can imagine. It will be the time when we reap what we planted.

Luke 12: 34

“For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.”

Isaiah 30:18-21

“Truly the Lord is waiting to be gracious to you, truly He shall rise to show you mercy; For the Lord is a God of justice; happy are all who wait for Him! He will be most gracious to you when you cry out; as soon as He hears He will answer you. The Lord will give you bread in adversity and water in affliction. No longer will your teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your teacher, and your ears shall hear a word behind you saying: “This is the way; walk in it.”

Proverbs 3:5-6, 11-12

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths.

The discipline of the Lord, my son, do not spurn; do not distain His reproves; For whom the Lord loves he reproves, as a father, the son he favors.”

Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel with my eye upon you.”

People rebelled against the Lord. They worshipped other gods. They did not keep the commandments

God gave to Moses. But our Lord loved us so much that He sent His only begotten son to restore  humanity to Himself, and show us the way. Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life for us. We all have that chance by our free will to spend eternity in heaven. All He asks of us is to surrender our life to Him. It sounds so easy when we grow up in a society that does not like to relinquish control. Once we surrender our life to the Lord, give all control to Him, He will awaken us to His plan for our life. Our eyes will open. We can then proclaim, I was blind, but now I see.

Matthew 16:13-18

“Peters confession about Jesus. When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the son of man is?” They replied, “some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply. Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so, I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.”

With this Jesus established His church.

Matthew 17:5

“The transfiguration of Jesus. While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

After this Jesus continued his mission to teach and perform miracles. The disciples and those surrounding them could not fully understand or they would not have left Jesus when He had to die on the cross. They also would have truly believed him when He told them that He will rise on the third day. Jesus tried to make his disciples understand that he is the son of the “Most High.”

Matthew: 2-4

“He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, “unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus continued His journey, foretelling what would happen. He proved to his disciples His godliness and His humanity, when He called out in Matthew 26: 39 “My Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”

As I journeyed with our Lord through the gospel of Matthew I came again to the realization how important it is to say: Not my will, but your will be done. Each time we pray “our Father who art in heaven hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we surrender our will to the will of our Father.

Lord give me the grace to journey in my prayers and heart with you through the Passion Week. What a joy our own Easter will be.

Have a blessed Easter

Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde

A comment to my attached painting, “Springtime” In the words of Vincent Van Gogh—I should reproach myself if I did not try to make pictures which will arouse serious thoughts.

Happy Easter – a visual meditation by Brunhilde Luken

by Brunhilde Luken

“Behold the Lamb of God” John 1:36

Behold the Lamb of God

The painting above I painted, created on Palm Sunday.

A meditation.

As you meditate on the words “Behold the Lamb of God” and stay with the thought deep in your heart, become still, feel one with the Lord, then use the painting as a meditation

You may see a Christ-like face in the upper part and a lamb, several lambs in the flowers.

As you meditate the Christ-like face will change.

Stay with it for a while.

Christ still speaks to us today.

We all receive gifts from the Lord. This is a gift for us as we journey to celebrate the risen Christ.

Christ is Risen, yes, Christ is risen indeed, and this makes all the difference.

Because He is risen, we also are invited to become sons and daughters of our Lord.

He allows us to dwell in His Love.

“Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom”

A happy and blessed Easter to all of you.
Love, Brunhilde

Easter 2013

by Brunhilde Luken

We, from the Commission wish all of you a Happy Easter!!

Embrace

Christ is risen, yes, He is risen indeed and this makes all the difference. 

For us Christians this is the most important holy day of the year.

I can just see the surprise on the face of Mary Magdalena when she came to the tomb and the tomb was empty. She probably shouted if not loud then inside of her heart, because Mary Magdalena was a close friend of Jesus. She believed. He is risen, yes, He is risen just like He had promised. “Yes, oh yes, He is Risen.” What an excitement this was, I wish I could have been there when she ran to tell the others: “I went to the tomb and it is empty.” Her faith was solid, for she knew Jesus was risen just as He promised.

Let us capture some of that same excitement and spread His word. We know He is risen just as He had promised. The passion, death and resurrection are the most important reasons for our Christian faith. It is all about the risen Christ. Christ through His death made it possible for us to be awakened and also to rise from the death. If we want to see our friends and relatives in Heaven again and spend all eternity together then we also cannot take this too lightly. We have to shout– “He is risen, yes, He is risen.”

We do know how Jesus stills our thirst when we call on Him — “Jesus I thirst!” It is the most wonderful peace that will overcome you with these words: “Jesus I thirst.” We must believe!

John 14:5,6 – Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

If you ask Jesus to walk with you, He will show you the way. Praise the Lord often, praise will put us in the presence of God. It reminds us of who we are and who God is. By surrendering to our Lord we allow His nature to grow in us. This is how we will be transformed by the renewing of our mind.

Faith is incomprehensible, we simply believe. Yes Lord, I believe. I will allow you to embrace my whole self with Your tender love.

Mathew: 26: 26 – 29

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, For this is My blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.

Now let us go forth and celebrate this wonderful gift.

Happy Easter!

Easter 2012 reflections

Christ is Risen, yes, Christ is risen indeed. For us Christians this is the most significant day in our Church.  Without the resurrection of Christ our whole faith would have no meaning. Jesus died on the Cross for all of us. He shed His blood for our sins. Because He shed His blood for us, we have a chance after we leave our human body to be with the Lord, yes, we  will also be with our Lord.

He brought us back into the light, by His death.

We are all born into the power of darkness.

  • Colossians 1:13, 14  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
  • Colossians 1: 19, 20 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Those that crucified Christ and wanted Him dead, thought “Oh, now we will have peace and His followers will forget Him”, they did not realize that this was the beginning. He rose from the dead. He shed His burial cloth and He rose from the dead.

  • Luke 24: 1-7 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you  seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
  • Mark 16: 14-16 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table, and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.

We also are commissioned to be disciples for our Lord.

Have a blessed Easter.

He is Risen, yes He is Risen, and this makes all the difference.