Stepping Quietly into Holy Week

“Listen, Heavens, 
I have something to tell you. 
Attention, Earth, 
I’ve got a mouth full of words. 
My teaching, let it fall like a gentle rain,
      my words arrive like morning dew,
   Like a sprinkling rain on new grass,
      like spring showers on the garden.
   For it’s God‘s Name I’m preaching—
      respond to the greatness of our God!
   The Rock: His works are perfect,
      and the way he works is fair and just;
   A God you can depend upon, no exceptions,
      a straight-arrow God.
   His messed-up, mixed-up children,
his non-children,
      throw mud at him but none of it sticks.”
Deuteronomy 32:1-5, The Message
As we step into April, as we step into Holy Week,
 may we respond to the greatness of our God 
like the earth responds to a gentle rain.
Like spring showers on the garden,
 may we receive the Word of hope and life.

Joining with dear friends, Sandy and Deidra at their kind invitation 
to center and quiet ourselves for worship and reflection each weekend.


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  1. alwaysalleluia says


  2. what an eye-opening version of these verses! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Chamilton7 says

    Wish I was there! So beautiful. 🙂

  4. I love the way the Message translates this verse. It makes me think about His teaching as something that comes in a way that is natural, expected. Yet we look for it to amuse us somehow. Lovely, all of it!

  5. I love the way the Message Bible brings life to the verses for us messed up, mixed up children. His works are perfect. And great photos, too.

  6. This messed up, mixed up child is soaking in these words and the beauty of these photos. 

  7. Sharon O says

    wow awesome pictures as well as good words.

  8. Kerry Allor says

    Wow, great photos for a wonderful message…Soaking it all up today!!

  9. “My teaching, let it fall like a gentle rain, my words arrive like morning dew…” words to nourish and sustain the soul…beautiful and inviting just like your images!

  10. I love your photo and the verse you chose today. 
     How beautiful. 
    Have a blessed week!

  11. pastordt says

    Thanks for taking the time to add a word of encouragement – always appreciated.

  12. pastordt says

    You are very welcome. Thanks for coming by.

  13. pastordt says

    We do live in a particularly beautiful part of God’s good earth so I enjoy sharing bits of it here once in a while. Thanks for your words.

  14. pastordt says

    Amen – I am truly refreshed by Peterson’s paraphrase a lot of the time. And that’s after several years of resisting it because I felt it lost some of the beauty and loftiness of the language. But these days, I’m really appreciating real over lofty. Thanks for your words, Shelly – here and always at your place.

  15. pastordt says

    As I said to Shelly, I too am loving the life-giving words of Peterson’s paraphrase. Thanks for stopping by, Maureen. 

  16. pastordt says

    This one, too. That’s why they’re there. :>)

  17. pastordt says

    Thanks for these encouraging words, Sharon!

  18. pastordt says

    Well, thanks for ‘soaking’ here for a minute! I’ve been gone this weekend and hope to get out and see quite a few of these always lovely small moments.

  19. pastordt says

    Thanks, Cindee. I am always glad to see your name here. 

  20. pastordt says

    Thank you, Rona, for stopping by and for leaving such kind words!

  21. Joanne Norton says

    Really enjoyed the photos.  The “hilly” ones looks so familiar and grabbed my heart.  And, yes, His teaching does fall like gentle rain… unless, as in my case, stubbornness kicks in and He has to drop in a [short] thunderstorm to catch my attention.  Oh, well….

  22. pastordt says

    The hilly one was taken in Nipomo, CA just off of Hiway 101 on a beautiful spring day. And I am SO familiar with those thunder storms. And some of them ain’t short, either. :>)