Denise Day Spencer

March 29, 2007

For Holy Week

Filed under: poetry — denisedayspencer @ 6:34 pm

THREE-FOLD TORMENT

By Denise Day Spencer

Let me share with you His pain,
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.

Stations of the Cross, St. Ann Roman Catholic Mission

He stumbles ‘neath the load.
It is not heavy, yet it crushes.
Merely a mangle of thorns
Woven as a crude crown.
Thorns that boldly dare to mock their Maker.

He stretches out His hands,
Ready to embrace, but not fondly.
Only the ore of iron
Hammered into soiled spikes.
Iron dares to agonize its Author.

He writhes upon the tree.
Alone, and utterly forsaken.
Simply a structure of wood
Fashioned as a cruel cross.
Splintered wood now dares murder its Master.

He gazes on the crowd.
Mankind, pinnacle of creation.
One whispered word could destroy
Thorn, iron, wood, mad men.
Yet the Savior dares to speak:
“Forgiven.”

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March 21, 2007

I’ve been profiled!

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 8:07 pm

I had a major disappointment this past weekend. I thought I was going to get to do my workout in a lovely, state-of-the-art gym, but alas. It never happened. Before I tell you my story, I need to set it up with a little background. (more…)

March 18, 2007

Children’s sermon: Last things–final judgment

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 8:29 pm

Another children’s sermon based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: I Corinthians 15:24-26

OBJECT: a stopwatch or the timer from a board game

We talked last time about the fact that someday, at some time, Jesus is going to come back. And when He does, that will be the end of time as we know it. (more…)

March 8, 2007

Fading

Filed under: Personal reflections — denisedayspencer @ 7:53 pm

A couple of months back I chaperoned a trip with Michael and his AP English IV class. We took them to Transylvania University to see “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Clay met us for dinner and the play, and it was great, as always, to get to spend time with our son.

After the show we took him back to the U.K. campus and dropped him off in a parking lot near his dorm. As we pulled away and I saw Clay walking back to his high-rise home away from home in the darkness, I started to cry. Michael had his back to me on the tiny bus. It was dark inside and the kids were all chatting merrily. Thankfully, nobody noticed the silent tear coursing down my cheek.

A sense of loneliness overwhelmed me. I missed Clay. I missed Noel. I missed Grandma. (more…)

Children’s sermon: Last things–Jesus’ return

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 7:29 pm

Another children’s object lesson based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURES: Acts 1:11, Revelation 22:20

OBJECT: an airplane or bus ticket

I want you to think with me today about the life of Jesus. You probably know about how Jesus was born, grew up, preached and did miracles, died and came back to life. Does anyone know what happened next? How did Jesus finally get back to heaven? That’s right; He just went up into heaven as His disciples were watching. (more…)

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