Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Rise, take up your mat/cross, and walk

Calving is in full force - 12 calves yesterday and 4 so far today - 3 at the same time about an hour ago! 
It is a day unto its own with 2 kids home sick today, so there are 4 here with grandma while Ruth helps her dad.  It is a group effort around here, and with the work at night there is some fatigue setting in.  While reading the Gospel together this morning... when Jesus heals the man by the pool he tells him to take up his mat, but we both said "Cross" at the same time.  It struck me that for this man, who had been sick for 38 years - his mat he had been confined to for those years was truly his Cross!  So when Jesus speaks to us in our times of challenges and need and struggles whether it be illness or addiction or marriage challenges or whatever comes our way... the mat we have been laying on suffering on is truly our Cross and we are asked to take it up and walk into the LIGHT as a healed follower of Christ!
Rose loves the new babies.
All 4 kids are all laying down for their naps... PEACE!  The two sick ones know that the rule for staying home sick is that you need a nap after lunch as part of recuperating.  Grandma needs the quiet time!  I do hear some croupy coughing in the hallway where I had to make a bed for Mary on a sleeping bag with limited beds here. 
It is so true that those that suffer from illnesses including depression of spending large amounts of time with no energy, sad and immobile... Lots of time in bed suffering and sick - our bed/mat becomes our cross!  So the words are interchangeable as we did when we were reading the Gospel this morning.  Powerful to see this man, who had been sick for 38 years and longing to be healed, at the touch of Christ he was instantly healed and told to take up his mat and walk... He did this and so must we.  Our mat/cross is what brings us to find LIGHT/LOVE/LIFE!
We now have 60+ calves on the ground!  Very busy time around here!
Jesus, for those that are sick and suffering this is a day to recall that we are called to embrace our "mat/cross" and in our weakness turn to you , the life-giving water that fills our earth/lives with Fruit!  Our mind becomes "well" if we know that Jesus is in control and we lay our lives at his feet!  May we rise anew filled with the Holy Spirit and die to self so that Jesus may live in us.  May we receive the Mercy we have been shown through love and kindness and compassion to all those around us - most especially those in our domestic Church/family.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen
Patio door open and waving at grandpa out on the tractor - such warm and lovely weather.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
In our time too!
If we are the Body - Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns - the well
A cute one of 3 year old Patrick in Missouri yesterday.

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