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Saturday, April 04, 2009

A Puzzling Situation

Remember the picture at the end of this post last summer?

My oldest brother, P, asked if he could get a copy of it.
Oh, he likes my photo. Sure!

At Christmas, I received a lovely silver box from him, full of odd-shaped cardboard pieces. He'd had the photo made into a puzzle for me. Just for the record, I did put it together!

The infection wound on B's leg finally closed up! Hoping for most of April to be without any medical appointments, until pre-op stuff at the end of the month. He's scheduled for May 5 surgery to biopsy and freeze the tumor on his kidney.

I'm back to subbing, after taking off from it for the past two months. Already had 3 days last week, and have 3 scheduled for next week.

Our Lenten journey is drawing to a close. Our pastor's weekly Lenten service messages have been based on the hymn, "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded."
O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.

How art thou pale with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn;
How does thy visage languish,
Which once was bright as morn!
Thy grief and bitter passion
were all for sinners' gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.

What language shall I borrow
To thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever,
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to thee.

Be near when I am dying
Oh show thy Cross to me!
And, for my succor flying,
Come, Lord, to set me free.
These eyes, new faith receiving,
From thee shall never move;
For he who dies believing
Dies safely in thy love.


  1. A beautiful song, one of my favorites at this time of year.

    What a sneaky brother you have! And you are a good sport to actually rise to the challange!

  2. That must have been very hard to put together that puzzle!

  3. It wasn't the hardest I've ever done, but it was definitely more hard than easy.

  4. Karen and Rich4/14/2009 9:22 PM

    So glad to hear things are progressing for Benny and we will pray for good results as the tumor is dealt with in May.

    Also, glad to hear you and your brother still have a puzzle tradition, even though this was a twist on it!

    You will look at each photo you post as a possible challenge from now on, won't you?!