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The Memorial of Jesus: Stories Told by the Disciples Who Called Him Friend
In the first chapter of Acts, we read about gatherings that took place after Jesus’ death. Memorial is about one of these. Set up as a Jewish memorial service, shachrit, Jesus’ priestly brother James (Yakov) leads the congregation in prayer, then invites Jesus’ family members and closest friends to share their fondest memories of Jesus. Yakov says, “These are the men and women he called to join him in his mission to bring the good news of the Kingdom to our people – to all people. I asked them to speak from their hearts. We have all witnessed his works and heard his words. Today we want to remember Jesus as the child who grew up in the streets of Nazareth with his brothers and cousins, as the teen who challenged his parents and the rabbis, as the young man who shared stories and wine around the campfire late into the night, and as the compassionate one who sat vigil with a neighbor suffering loss.”
These are human stories of ordinary people facing the darkness in their lives. It is about the healing of relationships and spiritual seekers finding the path God intended for them. We find a Jesus who had his own doubts and fears and leaned upon his disciples as they leaned upon him. It is the hope of the author that readers will see themselves in these stories.
About the Author
Judy grew up in Chicago, but prefers the country life in middle Minnesota so that she can greet the sun in her pajamas with a cup of coffee in hand. She received a degree in Religious Studies from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and worked for ten years in religious education.
After attending St. Cloud State University, she had a second career as a parent educator which, she says, “prepared her for being a grandmother”. She is an avid reader, drawn mostly to books related to spirituality, philosophy, and history. She enjoys good fiction, as well, especially books that are deeply human.
Judy’s passion is writing. She authors a blog, My Thoughts on Peace, where she expresses her opinion about such things as politics, religion, and the critters in her backyard. She enjoys needle work and it gives her great pleasure to put the last piece in the puzzles that her husband, Bernie, labored over for weeks. She and Bernie enjoy traveling, gardening, preserving the produce together, and spending time with their four children and their partners, twenty-three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.