Lent Log

John 2:1-12

The Wedding at Cana—where Jesus turns water into wine—is one of my favorite stories. I always forget how much wine was actually involved: 8 jars, EACH holding 20 to 30 GALLONS.

Jesus doesn’t do anything small-scale.

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Lent Log


John 1:19-51

I think I’d sum up this section as “the Spirit helps us find.”


I’d never noticed v. 33 before; Jesus goes to the Jordan River to be baptized, and John the Baptist says, “I did not know him.” I thought that John had already met Jesus—but he hadn’t. He only recognizes Jesus because the Spirit “remained” on him.


I’m not saying I totally get what that means or how John knew it was the Holy Spirit or how it could “remain” on Jesus (in my head, it’s like a dramatic spotlight, but probably it was a lot more subtle than that).


Still, it’s comforting to know that the Spirit, however it works, is helping us to find what we’re looking for—and to recognize Truth when we find it.

Lent Log

John 1:6-18

My favorite in this section is v.14: “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…”

I learned something new by reading the Bible footnotes: apparently the word for “made his dwelling” is similar to the Hebrew for “set up his tent” and the Aramaic (dialect that Jesus spoke) for “God’s presence.”

It’s easy to forget that: Jesus didn’t just walk around on earth; rather, he chose to “dwell” with us—and in so doing, he brought God’s presence to us.

I’ve been doing a “Lenten Log” on the youth group’s Facebook page. Someone suggested I post a few of them on my blog, too. You know, so both of my readers can see them…

Jenny’s Log

Lent

Day 1

When I was kid, I had Catholic and Lutheran friends (yeah, that’s right, I had friends) who “gave up” things for Lent, like chocolate or pop or movies or whatever. I never really got into this practice, but I did think it was kind of cool to “give up” something in order to “make room” for God.

Then several years ago, I heard about another Lenten practice: instead of giving up something, you could ADD something extra for those 40 days: prayer time, walks, read a religious book, etc. This is another way to “make room” for God.

So this year, I’m re-reading the Gospel of John, a little bit every day. I’m hoping it’ll help me think about Jesus and the things that Jesus did while he was on earth–and help make the resurrection celebration at Easter more meaningful.

Today is Day 1. I’m starting off slow, just reading chapter 1, verses 1-5. Verse 5 is actually one of my favorites: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Darkness can mean a lot of things: death, suffering, sorrow, poverty, sickness–all the stuff in life that really sucks. This darkness tries to beat out all the good things–love, hope, faith, joy, truth. But it can’t. The light is always stronger.

Always.

Spring Break is next week—technically, for me it starts at 3:01 this afternoon—and I’m trying not to be jealous that everyone else gets to take trips to exotic places and the farthest I’m likely to get is New Auburn.

So, here’s 5 Things I’m Looking Forward to for my Spring Break:

1. Taking a nap. Seriously, this one will probably happen at 3:02 today. (Ellie was up half the night because of the thunderstorms—which means I was up half the night…).

2. Finally getting caught up on all my grading. Who assigned all this stuff? Oh wait, it was me…

3. The Living Room’s Chai Hot Chocolate that I will use to bribe myself to grade papers.

4. Working on my dissertation. Yes, really. It’s not just the sleep deprivation talking—I had a great idea for it last week and haven’t had a chance to expand on it yet. (Also I will probably deserve another bribe for this…Sushi, anyone?)

5. Watching the last season of In Plain Sight, which starts tonight (10/9 central on USA!).

Happy Spring Break, everyone.

Ellie’s been even more adorable than usual lately.

Snuggling with Dad:

What do you mean, there's not enough room?

Getting fur all over the nice clean sheets the moment I turn my back:

You made the bed just for me?

Romping in the snow:

Help! I'm weird AND adorable!

Just too cute. How can I not laugh?

Five New Things I didn’t know I liked until this week:

1. Spider Rolls at Shanghai Bistro. Sounds weird, has crab shell in it, and looks a little like something you’d find under a log—but yum.

2. “Tens,” a card game that Carley taught me at the Youth Group Lock-In. I lost, of course (evidently luck is an important factor). Fun, though.

3. Bye Bye Birdie. Chi Hi did a great job last weekend putting on this musical, which, surprisingly, has nothing to do with birds. Kyla was fantastic as “Short Chorus Girl.”

4. The book of Hebrews. When the Sunday morning Bible study group decided to read this in-depth for the spring, I was less than thrilled. But it’s growing on me. 4:16 is my favorite verse so far: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

5. Giving Ellie a bath. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still traumatic for both of us. But she manages to be so cute when she stands in the tub, alternately glaring at me and looking indignant. Plus her fur’s all soft and fluffy afterward.

What new things did you find this week?