Sunday Psalm 20

Some trust in chariots

Some trust in horses

But we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

Abba, Father, answer my prayers. During this season of trouble and confusion protect me. Send help and support from Your Heavenly Throne. Remember what I have given, my sacrifices and offerings, and how I have served You.

Grant me Your favor. Give me what I want the most. Make my plans happen. I praise Your Holy name. I lift high Your Banner.

You have saved me! I know, without doubt, You will answer. Where others depend on their own resources I trust in Your Great Name. Make the enemy fall! I will stand in victory! Hear me when I call!


In the Old Testament people gave sacrifices and offerings to receive forgiveness for their sins. That all changed when Jesus went to the cross. He carried every sin past, present, and future to that cross. He was the final sacrifice! The chains that held us captive because of our sins are gone. He is victorious over death so we can live forever.


Sunday Psalms are the Psalms in my own words.  You can click on the Psalm number at the top to read it from the English Standard Version.

The Cross In Nature

He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.  Colosians 1:17

Laminin is a molecule that structurally holds cells together.  It sometimes appears under the microscope in the shape of a cross.  Interesting that a needed part of cell structure fits a verse in Colossians 1. Verse 17 says ‘He is before all thngs and in Him all things hold together.



The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as M51 has a black hole at its center.  The shadow of the Cross is evident in many of the pictures taken by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope.


Some pine trees form crosses as part of their new growth each spring.  It’s interesting that trees we use for the celebration of Christmas send up crosses on the end of their branches just before Easter.


The Agiope spider bears a small cross on its belly.


God can and does use all of His  creation to remind us of His presence.

Watch for Him.  He’s everywhere!

Blessings to you and yours!




The Stations of the Cross

triptychI spent most of yesterday at the Toledo Museum of Art. (BTW one of my favorite places to visit) I love Monet and Van Goth.   However, for me, the best part of the Museum is the Cloisters.  It is designed to look like a commons area for a monastery or convent.  Around the  room are placed many Christian art pieces.  My favorite is a very small triptych of the Stations of the Cross.  Thinking about the pictures and their significance to the believer I decided to do some research as to what these ‘stations’ were.

This liturgy (set of scriptures) is often used on Good Friday to focus the mind on Jesus’ final week.  The stations range from seven to fifteen.  Interestingly, I found only one that included the Resurrection.  This made me wonder what is the point of the Cross without the Resurrection?

The stations and their matching Scripture:

gardenJesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Matthew 26:36-41

judasJesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested.  Mark 14:43-46




sanJesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin.  Luke 22:66-71


deniedJesus is denied by Peter.  Matthew 26:69-7




judgedJesus is judged by Pontius Pilate.  Mark 15:1-5, 15





scourgedJesus is scourged and crowned with thorns.  John 19:1-3


bearsJesus bears the Cross.  John 19:6, 15-17





helpedJesus is helped by Simon to carry the Cross.  Mark 15:21

womenJesus meets the women of Jerusalem.  Luke 23:27-31





cruxJesus is crucified.  Luke 23:33-34


thiefJesus promises His Kingdom to the good thief.  Luke 23:39-42





marryJesus speaks to His mother and the Beloved Disciple (John)  John 19:25-27

diesJesus dies on the cross.  Luke 23:44-46




tombJesus is placed in the Tomb.  Matthew 27:57-60

aliveHe is risen! As He said!!!!!






I sincerely hope those of you reading this will take the time to look up these scriptures and ponder the Via Dolorosa.  Another name for the Stations of the Cross.

Father, You alone created this event to pave the way for our sins to be forgiven.  The Last Sacrifice has been made.  The Lamb is on the Throne.  He is Risen!  Amen and Amen!