Tuesday, March 30, 2010

G-d....why write it like that? and other questions

I have been asked numerous times why is the ""o" always missing when the words G-d or L-rd are written.

Basically its because Jews do not write the name G-d or L-rd. It has to do with the commandment about taking G-d's name in vain. It is believed that if the name was written on a piece of paper and the paper was crumpled, discarded, or destroyed it would be considered a sin.

I have applied it to my everyday writing in regards to a respect for our G-d.

1)Haroset---apples, honey, nuts, cinnamon to symbolize mortar of building the pyramid and the land of milk and honey

2)PARSLEY in salt water---salty tears shed
4)lamb shank---paschal lamb----for us Lamb of G-d
5)bitter herbs---bitterness of slavery and wandering in the desert 40 years

Read the Haggadah (the story of Exodus, 10 plagues, and Moses)

Take this time to find a way to celebrate Passover...Passover was being celebrated by our L-rd when he was breaking the bread with his disciples. Jes-s was a jew and well verses and practiced in the traditions. He fulfilled the Law.

Teaching our children about Passover teaches them another dimension of our Savior and places everything into one great whole. Check it out and enjoy.


"Whether or not a Christian celebrates Passover would be a matter of conscience for the individual Christian. Like all the Old Testament Jewish Feasts, the Passover Feast was a foreshadowing of Christ’s atoning work on the cross. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us that we should “let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (NKJV). Christians are no longer bound to observe the Passover feast the way the Old Testament Jews were, but they should not look down upon another believer who does or does not observe the Passover or other special Jewish days and feasts (Romans 14:5)."

"While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Passover, it is beneficial to study it and could be beneficial to celebrate it if it leads to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ’s death and resurrection. The Passover is a wonderful picture of Christ’s atonement for His people and His deliverance of us from the bondage of sin. That is something we should celebrate every day of our lives."

Whatever your choice learn about others and enjoy the celebration of our Savior's Resurrection and the fact he LIVES!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Been away too long....

I have not posted in awhile...so much has happened politically and at times I am frustrated and defeated by the direction I see my beloved country head. I am a student of history. I see what is happening and I remember the lessons of Facing History and Ourselves.....teach it lest we repeat it......how easily humans forget.

Like the Israelites that wandered in the desert for 40 years we, as Americans, are wandering in our land because we have lost our way. We are wandering because we have lost sight of our G-d. We have lost our Spiritual Eyes and have lost our way. The Israelites had to be tried and tested repeatedly because they forgot their G-d. They repeatedly turned to false gods because they forgot to keep their eyes on high on the Lord.

This passover week leading in to Easter we must remember that all is not lost in America. WE have hope eternal. We must keep our faith and we must work to save our beloved country AND ourselves.

Christ celebrated passover by teaching the Disciples that HE was the Paschal Lamb they learned of in their Hebrew youth. HE was/is the Bread and Breath of Life Eternal. We no longer have to eat bitter herbs to remind of us of the bitter trials in our lives (our own wandering in the desert). We no longer have to eat apples and honey to remind us of the sweetness of the Promised Land, although we could. We no longer have to eat passover lamb because Jesus is THE LAMB OF G-D.

As Easter approaches remember that our Savior suffered, died and rose again for US because he LOVES us. He sacrificed so that we may LIVE.

I KNOW my Savior loves me and he sacrified for me. I know that we are here to live and learn so that we may prove ourselves faithful. We no longer have to wander aimlessly and without hope. We must keep our eyes high so that we might SEE.

As I watch my country in these times I keep my faith and my hope. I have to......I have no other choice or I would feel defeated and wandering in MY own desert of despair.


Time to get political again!!!