Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easters Promise

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this…

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!"

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

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Was that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I’m done."

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because…

The folded napkin meant, "I’m coming back!"
~Easter Blessings!

Friday, April 22, 2011


~Blessings and have a wonderful Easter...Jesus is Alive!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Road Home

I was born in Erin. Lived in Tennessee Ridge...Mama & Bobby still do.

After being sick for over 2 weeks, it feels wonderful to be going at full throttle again. Days, of laying around and doing nothing are not enjoyable but in my old age I am learning to let things go. Believe me, nothing was out of place...I couldn't rest a lick if there was...but the bedrooms didn't get dusted and the laundry was done, just not completely. I had no, zilch, nada!
So, today I am happily laundrocizing and packing our bags for our Spring trip to Tennessee! Yes, tomorrow evening, we will be on the road South headed for the place of my birth...sigh.
The Red Buds and Dogwoods will be in bloom, the air will be warm and sweet, and the hills, green and welcoming. Oh, I will greet them with arms wide open and a heart full of joy...Home is where the heart is and I can't wait to get there.