Do you know?

Last Saturday I joined a group of ladies on Retreat for three hours.  It was good to get away from the hustle and bustle of traffic, chores and all the other things that make up my life.  Three hours to sit and be in God’s presence to consider Palm Sunday and the events of this week, leading up to Good Friday.  We had several readings to consider – the entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, the woman anointing Jesus with expensive oil, and Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in the upstairs room before the time in Gethsemane.

Whilst sitting there some words came to me.  We had considered the first two scenes and were now thinking about the final one.  The one that happens on Thursday of Easter week.  But I found my thoughts moving forward to the next morning.  So I drew a little sketch and, as rough as it is I include it in the link below to help you visualise the picture as I saw it.  And I wrote the words down.  They still make me cry when I read them

On this Good Friday, when major events are happening on a hill outside the city,  here is a quiet moment, in another part of town.

Do you know

I pray that God may use these words and the picture to bless you.

Do you know?

The room is still the morning after.  Breadcrumbs scattered,

An empty cup, redolent still with wine.

Tumbled cushions, signs of hasty leaving.

Door ajar.

There, in the corner a basin of grubby water

Wrapped around by a damp towel crumpled in a heap.

Sunrise brings light streaming through the window,

Streaming, shining.

And on the water in the basin, sparkling now with golden light

The reflection, the shadow caused by window structure.

The shadow, the reflection, of a cross.

Do you know what I have done for you?

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I do live in the city but make the most of the green spaces that surround me.
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