Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

Dear Friends,

Christmas is coming closer. It is such an exciting time of the year. I see the most beautiful decorations, many lights, also angels. We also see the displays of a crèche with the baby in it. The world is again waiting, waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. The Christ that came into the world to save us from our sins. God loved us so much that He sent us His only begotten Son to set us free. This is the greatest gift we can ever embrace. Continue reading “Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken”

Autumn 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

Summer has just ended. We are still enjoying a beautiful fall and preparing our garden for the winter to come.

For me it is also a time to look inside. The noise from the elections will soon be over and we certainly know that our Lord is in charge. He was there at the beginning and He will be here until the end. Even Jesus looked for a quiet spot when He wanted time out with the Father. Continue reading “Autumn 2016 by Brunhilde Luken”

Life on the Rock — Mother Teresa becomes a saint

Many of us are celebrating the canonization of Mother Teresa. She certainly lived her life on the Rock, the Rock of our Salvation. I am a great admirer of Mother Teresa. If I ever would call any person my idol, it was and is “Mother Theresa.”

I know, in all I do, I know I can never come close to anything Mother Teresa did, and perhaps still does. We can all aspire and look to her as an example of strength needed in this life. Continue reading “Life on the Rock — Mother Teresa becomes a saint”

Mother’s day 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

Mother’s day is a day especially set aside to celebrate our mothers.

(John 19:25-27) “After Jesus was crucified, and He was still on the cross, standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”

Mary became also our Mother.

“Just for you, Mother”

Just for you, Mother

This painting I created as a gift in memory of my earthly mother. Even though she is no longer with us, I still keep her close to my heart. She was very special. When I remember my mother I feel happy, but I also get filled with sadness. She was the center of our family. She also taught us to pray. She knew there would be times in our lives when we truly needed prayer. She also knew she would not always be there to sooth our pain. She knew we needed the Lord. She left us when she was only 59 years old, she left to be with the Lord. About fifteen years ago I needed to know if my mother was in heaven. I pleaded with the Lord to please let me know, please let me see where she is. That night, in a dream, I was shown a big room with many pillars and it was very brightly lit. In front of the room on a pedestal, there was my mother, very happy, having a conversation with somebody. As I looked to see who this was, a veil went over the other person. Immediately I woke up. As I woke up I felt wonderfully at peace. She was so happy. My first thought was she must have been with Mary, the mother of us all. She had great love for her, the mother of our Lord. Ever since I had this wonderful dream, I remember her being so happy, it is no longer painful. I know she is happy.

To all of you Mothers, this is your special day:

“Happy Mother’s Day”

Love, and our Lord’s blessing to all of you,

Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde

A meditation for Holy Week and Easter by Brunhilde Luken

Hello from Tenerife. We are still in Tenerife and will return to the US on April first. I look forward to attend a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday in Adeje and spend Easter Sunday with our son and his family.

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John 14:6
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

John 3:16
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.

John 12:13
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

Luke 22:1-6
Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near.  The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

Luke 22:14-23
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.  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 until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.

John 19:1-4,16
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him. Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
Matthew 28:1-10 

The Resurrection of Jesus

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”  So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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”

Easter by Brunhilde Luken 

The painting above I created to share with all of you as I meditated on the empty tomb. Stay with the painting for a while and allow the Lord to speak to you through my painting. It will slowly unfold before your eyes. Allow the peace of the Lord to fill you before you enter into this meditation. Maybe you will be at awe like I am when I enter into this meditation. Sit back, relax and enjoy His presence. I always thank the Lord for His Gift.

The sunrise pictures where taken by a friend as he biked to the Sunrise in Tenerife. It is beautiful. From where we live on the Island we see the sun set but not rise. It is a Gift from our Lord. The sun will rise and set for all of us.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  

Lord, please help us all who dwell in your light and love to share it with all those we encounter, and help the world to become a better place for all. Let this Easter be an Epiphany for all of us. 

Happy Easter to all of you.

Love, Brunhilde

 

 

Approaching Lent 2016

A very happy 2016 to all of you.

Already we are approaching Lent. I feel totally blessed by the love our Lord is giving me.

I am able to spend three months on the Island of Tenerife. It is so beautiful I can’t even describe it. It looks like at one point the earth bubbled and all these mountains appeared in different sizes. It is a volcanic Island filled with different blooming cacti surrounded by clear blue water. It is one of the Canary Islands, Spain.

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Many English and German retirees spend their winters here. Our son moved with his family here last August. He wanted us to experience the island he learned to love over the last few years. It is truly a blessing to be able to do this.

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We have such an amazing Lord. We have found a church where we can be part of the celebration of the Sunday mass in English. It is a smaller church but filled with people.

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The population on the island is mostly Spanish and also Catholic. As we experience the different areas of the island I can truly say “I feel loved beyond measure.”

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John 3:16 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.

We all heard these words many times. Mary said yes without knowing all she said yes to. She had so much love to give, that is probably why God chose her for the mother of Jesus. It took much love to be able to handle all Jesus had to go through. Yet the world was not ready to accept His love. He was born for us, for each one of us. He loves us so much. There are many days when I call out: “Lord, please come and hold me close.” All I can hear is, “I am already with you. Just trust me fully, I know you well. It is my promise, I am with you always.” Immediately I will feel His Love and Peace and Joy filling my being.

As we approach lent, I meditate often on the suffering our Lord did for us. I will re-read “Can you drink the Cup?” by Henri Nouwen. We are all asked to carry our cross. And each one of us has a different cross to carry. It is good to remember that our Lord will not allow our cross to be too heavy to carry. If we call out: “Lord, please hold my hand”, He will.

He died on the cross for us because He loved us so much. He rose again to be one with the Father. Just knowing how much our Lord loved us and still does will make it possible for us to carry our cross and share the love the Lord gives us. Lord please teach me to truly understand your sacrifice for me. You died for me, yes for me, because you love me so much. We just have to believe. Lord I truly believe and I will hold you in my heart forever. What a blessing you are for me.

My promise to you is again— I will share your love wherever I go from sunrise to sunset.

Thank you Lord for loving me.

Christmas reflections from Brunhilde Luken

Dear Friends,

Is it just me, or do you also think Christmas was just here? It is my most beautiful time of the year. Decorating, baking, purchasing some gifts, and most of all preparing my heart anew for the birth of baby Jesus. This precious gift God sent to us over 2000 years ago. Can this be true, a gift so great to come to us to save us?

Perhaps we can imagine, at least some of us, how it felt when our first baby was born and the nurse or doctor put this precious little bundle into our arms, what a gift this was.

Christmas 2015

The gift to us was much bigger. He sent baby Jesus to us so we could have eternal life. So we too can spend eternity in heaven with all the saints and all those that looked towards heaven that left us already, most of all with our Lord. Many saints or apostles talked about visions of heaven. Do we really know? It certainly can spur our imagination. It will be so beautiful we don’t have words to describe this beauty. It will be truly a gift. Only then can we understand the gift our Lord sent to us.

Years ago I wrote a poem that was on my lips as I woke up one morning. It sure felt real, a peek of heaven. How real was it? I don’t think God truly wants us to know. Jesus did say: “I will go and prepare a place for you, so that where I am you will be also.” It will be so beautiful that it is truly worth all our efforts and sacrifices to try to get to heaven and spend eternity there. Our intellect cannot grasp that beauty. He loved us so much. There is no greater love than His.

Let us truly hold baby Jesus close. He will help us to have Christ born within each one of us. What a celebration this will be.

I will share a poem with you that I wrote long ago; it’s one of my favorites:
This is Christmas
I walked through this beautiful town.
The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful.
The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.
I made a comment, how beautiful,
To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.
He looked at me and said: “You have to see this on Christmas.”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at Him and said: “Oh yes, this is Christmas.”

(John 14:27): “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

To each one of you, have a wonderful Christmas celebration and a renewed birth of Christ within you.

Together let us follow the Star; Merry Christmas to all of you.