Sunday, April 30, 2023

At Ein Gedi


The Springs of Ein Gedi


Israel Pilgrimage--2006


We stop briefly

at a verdant oasis

in the wilderness—

the Springs of Ein Gedi

where long ago in a cave nearby

David spared the life of Saul


A crystalline waterfall descends

from high above our heads

into a sparkling pool at our feet


Our rabbi tells us

deer and ibex

hyrax and rock badgers

roam these hills

and that in the shade

of the caves

psalmists of old

likely scrawled

timeless verses


My mind’s eye

envisions a son of Korah

sitting upon a rock

at the mouth of a cave

ministering unto the Lord

on a hot day—


Suddenly a thirsty deer

appears and begins

lapping cool, refreshing water

from the stream—

            hence, Psalm 42


As the deer pants

for the water brooks,

So my soul pants

for You, O God…


We begin to sing the psalm—

our own souls thirsting

for the Living God

of the ages


as our eyes dart about

searching for deer or ibex


or a snippet

of Saul’s garment

shorn by the blade

of David’s swift sword


Maude Carolan Pych

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Burning Hearts Along Emmaus Road



Luke 24 & Isaiah 53 NASB


I’m sitting in the kitchen

with my Bible open

reading about the men

who were walking to Emmaus

the Sunday following the Crucifixion


thinking how bewildered they were

and dismayed that the one

they supposed was their savior was gone—

He died upon that Cross on Friday

leaving their hopes completely dashed


and I’m thinking about Jesus

joining them on their journey

as a complete stranger

bringing the hope of the Gospel

as He explained about Himself in the Tanakh

without revealing that they were actually walking

the seven miles to Emmaus

with their newly Resurrected Lord


I flip through the pages

and see Jesus handwritten in the margins

of the Old Testament, over and over

wherever I’ve discovered Him anew

and recall each exciting revelation


and imagine their amazement

as they listened to Jesus

revealing Himself as He spoke

about Moses and the Prophets

particularly when He came to the part

about the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53

How exciting it had to have been to hear it

from the lips of the Suffering Servant, Himself—


Despised and forsaken

a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief

smitten of God and afflicted

pierced for our transgressions

crushed for our iniquities

by whose scourging we were healed


Who like a lamb was led to the slaughter

Who like a sheep, was silent before its shearers


assigned a grave with wicked men

but was with a rich man in death


He rendered Himself as a guilt offering

and God would prolong His days




I visualize the men

clutching their burning hearts


When they reached their destination

they invited the stranger to stay with them

because the hour was late


and as they gathered around a table

to partake of an evening meal

Jesus lifted a loaf to bless—


Suddenly their eyes beheld

His nail-pierced hands!


and as He broke their humble bread

they recognized Him


In that instant Jesus vanished!


but the words He spoke

along the road that day

were permanently seared

upon their hearts


so they rose from the table

and hurried off that very hour

all the way back to Jerusalem, in the dark

to tell the disciples of all the wonders

that happened that remarkable day


Maude Carolan Pych

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

"Mary of Magdala"


Image credit: Vine Street Christian Church, Arthur, Illinois



Mary of Magdala was privileged—

Like the disciples, she was among the few

who spent time with Jesus, followed Him

considered Him Teacher and Friend

She called Him, Rabboni


Mary had lived in darkness with demons

Jesus rid her of their terror

drew her into the Light

and she was grateful

She and the brethren experienced

the wonder of unconditional love

from He, Who personified it, perfectly


No doubt Mary was there

when Jesus spoke of things

the multitudes yearned to know

like living the Beatitudes

like eternity, death, and resurrection

like the prophetic sign of Jonah


Still, neither she nor the disciples

had a clear understanding

of cosmic events that were about to unfold


Then suddenly everything whirled

out of their control

Palm branch homage

hosannas and hallelujahs

quickly turned to betrayal

abduction and a mockery of a trial


There were thunderous shouts of


Crucify Him! Crucify Him!


It was no longer safe

on the streets of Jerusalem

for His followers. They became fearful

Some went into hiding


Then, Jesus was Crucified—


The earth quaked

and the sky went dark


Mary rent her garments and wailed

Full of sorrow, what could she do

except go early the day after the Sabbath

to anoint His dead body


but when she arrived at the tomb

It was empty and His body was gone

Angels were there—

resplendent angels, who spoke of resurrection


Mary was weeping, utterly bewildered

She couldn’t grasp resurrection—

All she could wonder was

Where was her teacher’s body?

Who took His body away?


Suddenly, Rabboni appeared to her

He called her, tenderly by name, but

she couldn’t comprehend

that Him standing there, speaking to her

could possibly be true—

He was dead. Wasn’t He?


Mary was struggling to fathom

that the greatest knowledge

ever to befall anyone, anytime, anywhere

befell upon her at that amazing moment


This wasn’t a time for weeping—

This was time for rejoicing!


She extended her hand to touch Him—

He was Alive! Breathing!

Warm! With flesh and bones—

Indeed, He had risen from the grave!


Jesus told her to tell His disciples

so Mary quickly hurried off, proclaiming


I have seen the Lord!


Oh! It was starting to sink in—


The sin of the world was atoned for

by Jesus’ death on the Cross

and by His glorious Resurrection

He became the Firstfruit

of Life Forevermore!


Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Maude Carolan Pych

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Sunday, April 9, 2023

He is Risen...Alleluia!


Until Resurrection Day

Happy Resurrection Day!

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It’s Holy Saturday


Dough is rising

on the kitchen counter


filling me with thoughts

of rising


helium balloons

set free



over the Sea of Galilee


waking up




soap bubbles

floating skyward


seagulls soaring



booming and bursting


jet planes at take-off


rocket ships

with long trails of fire

zooming to the moon


O, but nothing




and no one


has ever done it


or will


…like Jesus


Maude Carolan Pych

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Saturday, April 8, 2023



Until Resurrection Day

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“O death, where is your sting?” 1 Cor 15:55


Israel Pilgrimage—1987


We gather at the base

of a mountainous rock

into which time has carved

the natural image of a human skull

…hence, its chilling name:

Place of the Skull


Above this mound lies Golgotha

where on the most significant day

in the history of the world

Jesus of Nazareth was crucified

between two thieves


I stare into the hollow eyes

of this ominous image

and am reminded of Ezekiel

and the dry bones


bones that took on flesh

and blood and breath

and came to life

before his very eyes




Life is what happens at Golgotha


Life that is victorious

over the skull and bones. Victorious

over the ominous face of death


Life. Everlasting life—

for all atoned of sin


who believe


Maude Carolan Pych

[1] There are two locations worthy of serious consideration as the place of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, the traditional site lies within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the other is Gordon’s Calvary (Golgotha/The Place of the Skull) and the Garden Tomb. Ref. Grace Communion International

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Friday, April 7, 2023

"The Pieta"


Until Resurrection Day

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Maude reading her poem, "The Pieta."



After the earthquake

the peals of thunder

the flashes of lightning across the sky

After the curious crowds dispersed

Mary sat in ominous dimness

upon a mound of earth

at the base of the Cross

clutching the body

of her Son


She cradled Him

in the hollow of her lap

close to her bosom

as she had

when he was

her baby boy


Mary removed

thorns of mockery

that encircled His forehead

and tossed it to the side

Straining to see in the shadows

she carefully picked

fragments of thorn needles

still stuck in His lifeless flesh

although they couldn’t hurt Him

any longer


With her fingertips

she tenderly closed the lids

over His dark, vacant eyes

and smoothed

the disheveled, matted hair

…then she kissed Him


O, my beautiful Son…


Tears flowed

down her face onto His cheeks

mingling with dried blood

With the edge of her garment

she wiped some blood away


John came

and rested his hand

upon her trembling shoulder

He was now her son

She was now his mother



too deep to comprehend

swirled in her mind

like the flap and flutter

of wings and overshadowing

Son of the Most High

and David’s throne


like pregnant Elizabeth’s joy

when the baby leapt in her womb

and the Baptizer himself, when grown

proclaiming his younger cousin

“The Lamb of God, Who

takes away the sin of the world”


and Simeon’s prophesy

that Jesus would be

a Light of revelation

to the Gentiles and the glory

of the people of Israel


Where is the Light?

Where is the glory?

Where is the throne?


Overwhelmed by sorrow

so intense it stabbed her

deep, deep in her inner parts

Mary cried out in anguish

and rent her robe


Was this what old Simeon meant

long ago in the Temple

when he held Jesus in his arms

and said a sword would pierce

my very soul?


O my Son, my beautiful Son…


I cannot fathom the ways of God, but


I do know this cannot be the end


Maude Carolan Pych

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

"Extraordinary Matzoh"


Until Resurrection Day

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It’s only ordinary unleavened bread

Ordinary matzoh

On an earthen plate

It probably came

From a supermarket shelf

A Manischewitz box

Ordinary matzoh

Blessed for Passover

Oh, but when I take it

And cradle it lovingly

In my hands

Break it and bless it

It is for me

Most Holy Bread

Good Friday Bread

Body of the Lamb that was slain

With my cup of Redemption

Communion Bread

Lechem without hametz

Without yeast of sin




Shrouded afikomen


Then resurrected

With glory

I partake

Alleluia, alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Maude Carolan


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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

"The Passover Lamb"


Until Resurrection Day

A blessed Passover to all who observe...

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Abba went into the sheepfold to choose a spotless lamb,

as Moses gave instructions that he got from the I Am.


Our lamb, indeed, was spotless, so I named him Wooly Bright;

we brought him inside to live with us, morning, noon, and night.


I ran my fingers through his coat and fed him from my hand,

I put fresh water in his trough; he’s the best lamb in the land!


Today he’ll be our sacrifice. Moses said this must be done.

He must die that I may live, for I’m a firstborn son.


We’ve been oppressed by slavery; Pharaoh will not let us go,

but God’s mighty arm will save us. We’ll watch His power flow.


Moses told us, take lamb’s blood, and brush it on the lintel

then we will be protected; it almost sounds too simple.


Tonight we will leave Egypt and journey far from home,

but I’ll remember Wooly Bright wherever I may roam.



Someday the world will see in this, God’s salvation plan;

God’s Son will be the sacrifice, the great Passover Lamb!


For as God will use blood of lambs to set His people free,

the precious Blood of Jesus will save sinners…you and me.


Maude Carolan Pych

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

"Remembering Good Fridays"


Until Resurrection Day

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When I was a young girl, back in the 50’s

my grandmother said

there should be no talking on Good Friday

between the hours of one and three


no running around, no radio and no TV

all out of respect for our Savior

Who suffered and died

upon the Cross at Calvary


so try though I did to be silent and still

I was as fidgety, squirmy and irksome

as any healthy active kid would be

who had not yet grasped

the profound depth of what happened

that terrible good day when Jesus died


and in the 70’s when my own children

were young and restless

I would bring them to church

during the very same hours Grandma decreed

to venerate the holy Cross

We’d approach the altar

where the Crucifix was displayed

kneel down and kiss the nail pierced feet of Jesus

or solemnly watch a reenactment of the Passion

by the youth group


Now, so many years later

now that I am a grandmother myself

I sit without fidgeting and fumbling

willingly turn off the radio and the TV

and carve out meaningful time to meditate

upon all my precious Lord endured

to save me from my sins


Sometimes I sing

“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

Sometimes I weep

and sometimes, like today, I write a poem


Always, Jesus’ great sacrifice breaks my heart

and always, looking back

at that astonishing empty tomb

I’m reminded of the Hallelujah Hope

I have in Him—which is eternal


Grandma would be so pleased


Maude Carolan Pych

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Monday, April 3, 2023

Another Good Friday...


Until Resurrection Day

Sometimes God's reminders are all around us...

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Good Friday 2014, Packanack Lake, New Jersey

“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.” Joel 2:30-31 NASB


The alarm went off at 3:00 a.m., Tuesday

We went outdoors to gaze at the sky

hoping to get a glimpse

of the first blood moon of the tetrad—

Passover, 2014


It was there, but we couldn’t see it

Dense clouds obscured our view


Blood moon or not, this week is crimson—

I’ve been thinking about blood in the Nile

blood on the lintels

death of the firstborn sons


I bought blood oranges in Fairway, yesterday

Had one for breakfast. It was sweet


Today is Good Friday—

I am meditating upon the atonement

the Cross, the death of my Savior


Now it’s evening—

I’m on my way to the Good Friday service

at the Jerusalem Center in Wayne

As I drive down Osborne Terrace

approaching Packanack Lake

the sky is incredible—amazing—red as blood

fiery red, red like I’ve never seen it before


As the setting sun shines on the still water

the lake mirrors the brilliant crimson firmament

and I can’t help thinking of old Moses

as he dipped his staff into the Nile river


At the Jerusalem Center, the dancers

fittingly extol the Lamb Who was slain, and

Jonathan speaks of the sun setting and rising—

endings and beginnings


and I feel God may be telling me something, or

am I so deeply aware of Him this holy week

that I see Him everywhere

and in every blessed thing


Maude Carolan Pych

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