Tag Archive | Christianity

The Ancient Hill: A Good Friday Contemplation


What is that there on yonder hill

Awash with red so deep?

What does it have that draws me near?

What secrets does it keep?


My heart is caught, my eyes are set

Up to that hill I tred

There’s something there, I know not what

But oh, that deep, deep red


I hear the story, I know it’s true

but I do not know the why

A man, they say, but more than a man

went to that hill to die


For me? I ask, but why for me?

What did I e’re do wrong?

And then I heard a still, small voice

Sing out an ancient song


There was no answer I could give

upon that old, old hill

I saw the red, I heard the cries

I know I always will


For me, for me, I hear the song

I weep because it’s true

He came, He loved, He gave his life

For me, and friend, for you.


Upon that hill, that ancient hill

I always want to stay

For there I know my Savior bled

and set me free that day


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Follow the Leader

“So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books” (2 Peter 1:5-9 MSG).

Some people think that once they have “asked Jesus into their heart,” that they’re done with their part of the bargain. They’re “saved” now and have that fire insurance. They think that’s all they needed to do.

Maybe that’s why so many people are turned off by Christianity: Christians don’t act much like Jesus.

Remember the childhood fame “Follow the Leader”? You had to do exactly what the leader was doing. Go where they went; hold your arms like they did; skip if they skipped. Do what they did. Act like they acted.

What a great idea. Let’s follow our Leader. I bet if we do, others will want to join us.

Today I’m thankful for:

39: a 3-day weekend

40: a son who likes to help cook

41: an approaching anniversary getaway with my love