Friday, April 29, 2011

Oh, no I missed the Launch, not!

Driving up I-95, I was wondering if I would find a lot of traffic returning to Orlando after the last shuttle launch. I was miserable thinking I had missed it, seeing it was going to be the last one. It's funny how we take things for granted, don't we?

Well, guess what? The launch was postponed because of problems with the heaters! Whoopie! Well, I am glad they scrubbed it, of course because it will be a safer mission and naturally, because I am back in Central Florida and hopefully will be able to see it. Will let you know...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wadmalaw's First Gullah Festival 2010 Post 2

This took place on the first week of May, last year. As you can see in the pictures the local artisans displayed their handmade quilts in the airconditioned community center. This is where we could go to flee the heat, which wasn't oppressive since the center is surrounded by many old oak trees.

You can see the children performing their skit while below you can see Miss Roberta singing her moving Spirituals.

Finally, you can see me surrounded by all my friends as we are about to leave, truly joyful as we all had a lovely time immersed in Gullah hospitality and culture.

Please see my prior post describing my experience at the Festival.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Passion of the Christ

I saw the Passion of the Christ again yesterday evening on Trinity Broadcast Network. If you have never seen it I think they will be giving it again sometime this week. It is a movie for all of us to see but not really appropriate for young children. There is much brutality, cruelty, and pain, yet it grips your heart and cleanses your soul. What Christ went through for us is astonishing and though we may understand the physical part, the spiritual and mental anguish is probably beyond us.

Please see it even if you are a believer, tepid, lukewarm, hot, or cold. See it whether you are a fervent skeptic, agnostic, or atheist. Neither has nothing to lose. On the contrary, you might be surprised to find yourself there in the Via Dolorosa on the way to Golgotha or at the foot of the cross. You might find yourself there.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen

He is risen indeed!

On a day like today, the Body of Christ, the Church, whether they are Messianic Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Greek Orthodox or interdenominational we are all at the tomb with Mary Magdalene, seeking Jesus and asking "do you know where they have laid Him?" Then the Angel answered, "Why are you seeking the Living among the dead? He is Risen!" Read it for yourself.

Jesus Died and was buried and then resurrected! Many many people were eye witnesses to this, then on the third day, He rose from the dead!

The Burial of Jesus
57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
The Guard at the Tomb
62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Jesus Has Risen
1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”