Sunday, March 20, 2016

Take a good, long look.

I was at a Palm Sunday worship service yesterday, and I wanted to share a quick word which might help focus your prayers and thoughts as we begin Holy Week.

The story I'm about to tell was particularly interesting to me, as my family and I got to see a replica of Lincoln's funeral train this past summer.

After Abraham Lincoln's death, his body was transported from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois where he was buried. His casket was transported in a special funeral train car which stopped in many cities along the journey west to Illinois for citizens to pay their respects to their fallen leader.

It is said that as the funeral train passed by in New York, a black woman in the crowd held her son over her head, reaching as high as she could and with all her strength. And she said, "Son, take a good, long look. That man died for you."

This week, we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. The retelling of this story from year to year makes it no easier for me to grasp: Jesus died for me. And Jesus died for you. 

As parents, it's our job to hold our kids up high and point straight to Jesus. This Holy Week, let us try to get a good, long look at the Son of God, who fully understood the pain and suffering required of him and chose it anyway. 

What stories point you to Jesus? Which are your children's favorites? 

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