Weekend Words- “May the Lord Bless You”


via Benediction – Matt Redman

(Worship Song with Lyrics) 2013 New Album – YouTube.
from Numbers 6: 24-26, NIV

more music by Matt Redman  at Unbroken Praise (affiliate link)

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The why of Watercress Words

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All About Me.”

Watercress Words originates from my name, specifically my maiden name – family of origin name, paternal surname or whatever label you use- which is Cress. It’s an unusual name, and I have met few people with it. I like that it ‘s an actual word in the dictionary- cress is an edible plant, a cruciferous herb, described as having a pungent taste. It’s also known to be nutritious, which fits with my  blog’s health theme.

I chose to use watercress because I love water- lakes, rivers, oceans. I find being near bodies of water soothing, calming, and relaxing, yet stimulating and energizing. Even healing. The human body needs adequate water to survive – about 65% of the body is water.

And I love words! From childhood, I have sought out  books and thrived on reading. I have dabbled in writing all through my life, so starting a blog seemed the next natural step.

So, combining these passions led me to call my blog Watercress Words- like watercress tangy, peppery and pungent. 

Today is Armed Forces Day

to serve as a physician or nurse in the Armed Forces- deserves special recognition.

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Working in the healthcare profession is an honor and privilege.

To serve in the armed forces of one’s country is also an honor and privilege.

 

 

So to do both- to serve as a physician or nurse in the Armed Forces- deserves special recognition.

Armed Forces Day has been observed yearly, the third Saturday in May, since 1950. 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Army Surgeon General- Dr. Nadja West

 

Sunday Words- Psalm 28

6May the Lord be praised,
for He has heard the sound of my pleading.
7The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Therefore my heart rejoices,
and I praise Him with my song.
8The Lord is the strength of His people;
He is a stronghold of salvation for His anointed.
9Save Your people, bless Your possession,
shepherd them, and carry them forever.

via Psalms 28 Holman Christian Standard Bible | Bible.com.

flowers for sale in DaNang, VietNam
flowers for sale in DaNang, VietNam

Today is Easter

The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[e] When he had said this, he breathed his last.

47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Jesus Has Risen

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.

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via Luke 23 NIV – Then the whole assembly rose and led – Bible Gateway.

at Har-Ber Village museum, Grove, Oklahoma
at Har-Ber Village museum, Grove, Oklahoma

Today is Good Friday

Jesus Is Nailed to a Cross
32On their way out of the city, they met a man from Cyrene. His name was Simon. They forced him to carry the cross.
33They came to a place called Golgotha. The word Golgotha means The Place of the Skull. 34There they mixed wine with bitter spices and gave it to Jesus to drink. After tasting it, he refused to drink it.
35When they had nailed him to the cross, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36They sat down and kept watch over him there.
37Above his head they placed the written charge against him. It read, This Is Jesus, The King of the Jews.
38Two robbers were crucified with him. One was on his right and one was on his left.
39Those who passed by shouted at Jesus and made fun of him. They shook their heads 40and said, “So you are going to destroy the temple and build it again in three days? Then save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”
41In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders made fun of him. 42“He saved others,” they said. “But he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross! Then we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him. He’s the one who said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
44In the same way the robbers who were being crucified with Jesus also made fun of him.

Jesus Dies
45From noon until three o’clock, the whole land was covered with darkness. 46About three o’clock, Jesus cried out in a loud voice. He said, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” This means “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?” (Psalm 22:1)
47Some of those standing there heard Jesus cry out. They said, “He’s calling for Elijah.”
48Right away one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar and put it on a stick. He offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, “Leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50After Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, he died.

via Matthew 27:31 (NIrV) – Bible.faithlife.com.

Today is Maundy Thursday

The Last Supper

7 Then the day of Unleavened Bread came. That was the time the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John on ahead.

“Go,” he told them. “Prepare for us to eat the Passover meal.”
9“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

10 Jesus replied, “When you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters.

11 Then say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, “Where is the guest room? Where can I eat the Passover meal with my disciples?” ’

12He will show you a large upstairs room with furniture in it. Prepare for us to eat there.”

13 Peter and John left. They found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover meal.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles took their places at the table. 15He said to them,

“I have really looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you. I wanted to do this before I suffer. 16I tell you, I will not eat the Passover meal again until it is celebrated in God’s kingdom.”

 

 

ceramic replica of "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci; seen in an art store in Las Vegas Nevada; creator unidentified
ceramic replica of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci; seen in an art store in Las Vegas Nevada; creator unidentified

 

17 After Jesus took the cup, he gave thanks. He said, “Take this cup and share it among yourselves. 18I tell you, I will not drink wine with you again until God’s kingdom comes.”

19 Then Jesus took bread. He gave thanks and broke it. He handed it to them and said, “This is my body. It is given for you. Every time you eat it, do it in memory of me.”

20  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup. He said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. It is poured out for you.

21 But someone here is going to hand me over to my enemies. His hand is with mine on the table.

22The Son of Man will go to his death, just as God has already decided. But how terrible it will be for the one who hands him over!”

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