Dayenu


We celebrate the Passover, celebrate the feast God himself outlined to Moses in those early days, eat the meal Christ desired with great desire to eat with His friends…the last meal to pass his lips before he went to do the heartbreaking work that saved us.

We say the words that He said, follow the tradition that He followed, set the table that was set in an upper room some two thousand years ago.

We say the words to remember our deliverance, our freedom from slavery. We celebrate the shackles of Egypt removed, the burden of sin lifted. We thank Him for his good work.

Dayenu…..it would have been enough for us! We repeat these words as we reflect on the Hebrews’ trip from Egypt, the Red Sea’s wrenching asunder, delivering them up on safer shores.

Dayenu….it would have been enough for us! And I think of Him, and how it would have been enough, He could have stopped and at any point it would have been enough, more than we deserved.

If You had been born a humble baby, naked and cold in the dirt of a simple stable….

It would have been enough for us.

If You had bent down from Heaven, kissed the fallen soil of earth and submitted Yourself to the humiliating truth of being human….

It would have been enough for us.

If You had taught us in parables and told us stories about Your love, and shared Truth with the poor and suffering and the sinners among You while rebuking those who, in their arrogance, held the people down with religious bonds….

It would have been enough for us.

If You had gone to Jerusalem knowing your fate and walked down the lane of waving palms…. knowing that those who shouted Your Name did not understand why your feet were on this path….

It would have been enough for us.

If You had taken the blows of the lash, accepted the crown of thorns, and allowed them to spit on you and rape you with words of shame, though with one word you could have brought the wrath of Heaven upon them…

It would have been enough for us.

If You had died there, nailed to a tree, experiencing the rending of your soul when Your Father turned His back on You…if You had cried out in Your despair, forsaken and broken and spent entirely for us…

It would have been enough for us.

But You did this work to its completion, You went to Hell and back for us. The quiet of this Good Friday echoes still, yet still we find our hope in You because though we did not deserve it, You came back for us.

You rose again, You held out your hand to us, you opened Heaven’s door and swept clean the path for us to join You there.


It is enough for us. It is more than enough for us!

Dayenu, Thank you Jesus.

Some links for recipes we used this year…

Lamb braised in Pomegranate

Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes (split 1.5 lbs. new potatoes lengthwise, marinade with olive oil, sea salt and crushed rosemary, roast 25 minutes at 400 degrees)

Roasted Asparagus with Pine Nuts (marinade asparagus spears with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt, Roast 10 minutes at 400 degrees)

Basil and Mint Pesto

Charoset

Fourless Chocolate Cake with strawberries soaked in wine and pomegranate. Soak sliced strawberries overnight in wine and pomegranate juice, before serving drain juice into a sauce pan and reduce to make a syrup. Serve over the cake.

The Passover Festival


Easter Sunday is right around the corner.

Can you believe it?

One week from today, our family will be celebrating the Passover with friends…a tradition that we have done for years. My husband’s family used to celebrate with a traditional Seder supper, and it has been a blessing for us to set our table and celebrate in the same way our Lord did so many years ago.

Why celebrate the Passover? So many blessings have come from this tradition, but the most important one for me is that it makes me feel so close to our Lord and so much a part of the whole picture of God’s amazing plan. There is a connection to the Seder that weaves our lives in with those celebrating with the same words, in the same way all over the world today….weaves us in with those who celebrated all through the many years of history. There is a sense of awe in the knowledge that God was preparing His people for the coming of Christ as He laid out the specifics of a celebration that would be passed down throughout the ages, as He ushered his people to freedom from slavery.

He would come to us, many years later, to offer the ultimate freedom through Christ…the lamb of God.

Have you thought about celebrating the Passover with your family? Here are some links to ideas, thoughts and recipes. It’s a tradition that will bless your family for years to come and give you an amazing look at how God’s plan for salvation is so perfectly met in the man of Jesus Christ, how His coming was orchestrated and foretold in every moment of history.

Thoughts about Passover:

Sweeping Out the Leven

This is the Passover Festival

A Christian Family at Passover Table

Messianic Passover Seder: Why Christians Celebrate Passover

Recipes for Seder Supper:

Our menu from last year (gluten free)

Passover Recipes

Menu for Messianic Seder Dinner

Christian Haggadah (a script for the traditional dinner):

Full script

Script for families with children (could be used in Children’s Ministry)

Rescued from the cross


The sun peeks shyly over the mountains, gives its wash of blushing rose to the sky and I am here, small whisper that I am under the unfathomable glory of God…I am here in the light of this new day and my heart, my light, my value lies in this: That God loved me, even when I turned my back on him, even when I failed him, even when I denied him.

When I was a child, I used to listen to the account of Christ’s last days read aloud in church, and in my mind I put myself into the scene…I was a face in that crowd, a voice in the din. My young self wanted to go back to those precious and ordained days, to re-write history. I wanted to shout out at the unfairness, I wanted to shake my fist at the men who wanted to kill Jesus…to kill Jesus! I wanted to convince the crowd, ask for Jesus to be set free, Barabbas be damned. My seven-year old self raged at the unfairness of it, cried with the injustice of it. I wanted to race the soldiers to the hill, tear the hammer from their hands, pull Jesus from the cross and bind his wounds.

I, like Peter, wanted to deny the unthinkable, revoke the incomprehensible truth…that this, even this, was God ordained. This blood had to be shed, these tears must fall.

As I grew older I realized the truth of it: That this soul is no different from those that shouted for his demise, that this voice would have just as easily shouted for the shedding of his blood, that these lips would have denied him three times, that these hands would have woven a crown of thorns and cast it at his feet. It is for my sins he did this work, for mine he took on this burden and for my own soul he became an object of wrath, so wretched that God himself could not look on him. This, for me. For me as well.

As the sun rises farther in the eastern sky and the crimson turns to gold I think of that kind of love and what it means, what it really means. I think of the things I do and the things I have done, the black marks and staggering lack of love where love should overflow and how I don’t deserve for anybody at all to love me the way He does. I think of the flesh and its weakness and how short I fall without Him, and of what He endured for my sake. And I think of how much more He loves me…that he ran to that hill, that he took the hammer and the nails and all that they meant. That he pulled me from the depths of my sin, rescued me from the cross I did deserve!

And my soul sits quiet within, stilled in the presence of incomprehensible love.

Photo art from The Big Box of Art

Weekend Treat…Gluten, Soy and Dairy Free Mini Muffins (with egg-free option)


These mini-muffins are so easy! You can also make a dry muffin mix with this recipe and store it in an air-tight container to use later. We used to enjoy the Jiffy brand muffin mixes in the days before we were dealing with food allergies and Celiac’s disease. The muffins were our breakfast tradition…we’d bake them when anyone had a birthday and start the day off with a single birthday candle in the birthday child’s muffin. I’ve been working to find a recipe that is as quick and easy as the original mix, and I think this one comes very close! These can be made without egg, too, which makes them an easy allergy-friendly treat. Combine the dry ingredients ahead of time and store them for quick muffins…you can even put 2 1/3 cups of the dry mix into zip lock bags and store them in the pantry like a boxed mix!

Speedy Muffins:

1 cup white rice flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. xanthan gum
2 teaspoons baking powder (gluten free)
1 egg (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dry egg replacer, use 2 tbsp. additional rice milk if egg-free)
3/4 cup rice or soy milk
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/3 to 1/2 cup dried fruit (dried blue berries, raspberries or cranberries, or you can use frozen raspberries crumbled up)*

*I am investigating the ingredients in imitation blueberry and raspberry baking morsels…I have a bag I purchased from a baking store that looks gluten, dairy, egg and soy free but I am waiting for the manufacturer to get back to me about the product’s safety.

Instructions:

Mix the dry ingredients well. Beat the egg and combine the egg, milk and oil (if you’re making yours egg-free, mix the powdered egg replacer in with the dry ingredients and add 2 tbsp extra milk to the wet ingredients). Pour into the dry ingredients and mix well, then add the bits of fruit. Pour into a greased mini muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the mix ahead of time, multiply the dry ingredients by however many batches of muffins you’d like to prepare for later. Mix all dry ingredients (dried fruit included) and store in an airtight container (you can freeze it if you won’t be using it in the next few months). When you want to make the muffins, use 2 1/3 cups of baking mix with one egg, 3/4 cup rice or soy milk and 1/4 cup oil for every batch and proceed as above (if you’re making yours egg-free, just add the egg replacer to the dry ingredients and then add 2 extra tablespoons of liquid to the wet ingredients).

Enjoy!