Who’s Listening?

“So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.” Matthew 27:66

The chief priests and Pharisees guarded Jesus’ dead body. They had heard and remembered His claims to rise again the third day, even though they didn’t believe Him.

Lord, help us find a way to share Your word with those who persecute us and disbelieve today . . .in case tomorrow they remember as You reveal Yourself to them. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Picked Up

His words fall
like stones
that are picked up
and thrown back
at us
but they are
picked up.


  1. Deb, I love thinking about what the Pharisees thought of Jesus. They understood what He had said, including His claim that He was God, and His claim that He would rise from the dead after 3 days. Praying that people hear and understand that today as well, and on top of that believe. Peace, Linda

  2. Thinking there is something about His word that is brought alive to us when we least expect it. I wonder how many Pharisees became His followers after His resurrection! πŸ™‚ Thank you, Linda, for praying and believing today!

  3. That is a positive way to see it… although thrown back, they were still touched (in some way). Let God now do with it as He may πŸ™‚

  4. Amen to your comment, Manda! πŸ™‚ You touch us all the time, with the beauty of Him.

  5. Hi Deb

    Like Manda, what resonated with me was that the words were picked up … The stones / His words can be thrown however, whenever by whomever but once they touch, they can never be the same again!

    I’m thankful for your lovely poem and for the truth it brings. Simply profound!


  6. I’m so thankful for your gracious comment . . .and that I wasn’t too out there in my thinking about this! I trust Him to lead me with these posts, but I don’t want to blame Him for the ones I get wrong. πŸ™‚ God bless you, Ann, as you bless many!

  7. Glad to pick-up the Words from everyone in here!

  8. You are a great picker-upper! love you!

  9. I loved the words in your poem They reminded me of Isaiah 55:10-11.

    I hadn’t been here to read for a little while. It turns out we were both focusing on the same event, though! πŸ™‚ I hadn’t written anything in my blog, but I spoke these words to some friends on Tuesday:

    “I just finished reading Matthew Henry’s Whole Bible Commentary on John 20:15. I was hoping it would shed some light on the the 3rd verse of the hymn ‘In The Garden’. I had always thought that hymn was about the night in the garden before the Lord was crucified, but when I read about it at cyberhymnal the author referred to John 20:15…the account of Mary Magdalene hearing the words ‘Why are you weeping?’.”

    I love it when I find out that someone I know is looking at the same thing as I am looking at, and then I get to see what they saw! πŸ™‚

  10. That is so cool! I love that too, how God works those things out sometimes and then our blog posts coordinate. I’ve moved into Leviticus now. I’m always a little nervous going into a new book . . .and a little sad leaving one behind! But, finding Him in it all is so much fun and life giving!

  11. It’s been a while since I’ve been online and able to catch up and read your posts again Debbie, but there is something about them that is just kind of bugging me: You’ve been leaving out the line, “And here’s a simple poem…”

    I don’t know why, but your posts don’t feel complete without it. Not because it tells us what is next, but because it demonstrates your giving your gift to God, in the same way — like we saw in “Springs in the Desert” — God made a miracle for a destitute widow who only had a little oil. He took something small and made it an abundance.

    That’s what your “And here’s a simple poem…” line always reminds me of, that you are giving a small gift to a God so great He will provide an abundance.

    (Or maybe I just have a pet peeve. Heh.)

  12. Oh Nor . . .thank you! I started leaving it out because I thought maybe it was kind of a silly thing to keep saying and doing . .. maybe I was being annoying. Now I am going to start putting it on there again! πŸ™‚ ha! So glad you said something!

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