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Peeking into the Tomb

Alexander_Ivanov_-_Christ's_Appearance_to_Mary_Magdalene_after_the_Resurrection_-_Google_Art_ProjectPerson, I’ve been waiting all week because you told me there’s more to the story.

But I don’t know how there can be.

I mean, they nailed Jesus to a cross and He died.

Isn’t that the end of the story?

I’m listening, but I don’t think you’ll have anything to say.


Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.


I knew it!

There’s no more story about Jesus. You’re telling me a story about Mary Magdalene.

I have to have patience???


So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”


Why would anyone want to take Jesus if He already died?

I am listening.


So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.


I bet I could have run faster.

Yes, I’m listening.


He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside.


It’s about time.


He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)


Jesus had to what!?

I’m listening for sure now.


Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying.


Maybe if I gave her some loves she’d feel better.


As Mary wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.


I knew it!

This story isn’t about Jesus. It’s about angels showing up instead.

I’ll listen! I’ll listen!


The angels asked Mary, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this she turned and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.


I would have known it was Jesus.


“Woman,” Jesus said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking He was the gardener she said, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward Him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means teacher).


Maybe Mary Magdalene was blind. She only recognized Jesus when she heard Him say her name.


Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that He had said these things to her.


I don’t care what Jesus said. I wouldn’t have let go of him.

I would have attached Him to my leash or something so He couldn’t go missing again.


Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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Helping with Handouts

Kissing DadSo many good things happened because of Easter that I still have stuff to write about.

My person’s church isn’t big enough to hold all the people that show up on Easter Sunday so they rent a big theater and have Easter service there. My person was in charge of the Easter egg hunt and she wouldn’t let me come.

I was pretty upset about that – all those little kids to give me loves – and maybe some treats too. But we got to do something else that almost made up for it.

My person had some fliers to hand out to let people know about the Easter service. And she decided my trails might be a good place to hand them out.

My trails turned out to be a really good place, because you know what happened? Everyone that got a flier wanted to give me loves. And I got more loves in one day than I usually get all month.

I know Easter only comes around once a year, but there must be something else my person can do that she needs to hand out fliers for.


Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Midnight Mischief

Scratchy in the doorwayYesterday I had to put off my mischief story because I had so many other things to say. So today I’m going to tell you about the mischief maker – and this time it wasn’t me.

All last week my person was working on a paper mache empty tomb, and for some reason she wouldn’t let me alone in the room with that tomb. She doesn’t seem to trust me or something. Just because I knocked it on the floor and ate the paper mache stuff off of it. I don’t know what the problem is. My person fixed it.

At night she was shutting the door to her bedroom – with me inside – so I couldn’t go out and eat be near that tomb without her knowing about it.

Scratchy wasn’t very happy about this. He likes to come and go as he pleases and he really dislikes being locked inside the bedroom at night.

So one night Scratchy came to the closed door and started making noise like cats do and clawing on the carpet. My person opened the door and when he got up on the bed she shut the door again.

This made Scratchy mad and he wanted right back out. My person let him out since he was making such a ruckus and then she shut the door.

Scratchy didn’t like that either. He wanted that door open. He kept bugging us until my person opened the door again.

He didn’t want to come in, but he wanted to be able to come in.

Of course, this left me with access to that tomb.

But I didn’t want to eat that thing. It tasted terrible the first time.

Paper mache empty tomb finished

Crosses and empty tomb


Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Eventful Easter

Bongo sniffing an Easter egg on the trailToday is Monday Mischief and I was going to tell you a great story about somebody else’s mischief – something I had no part in. But then I had such a great walk yesterday afternoon that I just had to share that instead. That mischief story will have to wait.

Yesterday was Easter, and while I was on my trails I found an Easter egg. I didn’t even know I was going on an Easter egg hunt. I was so excited. Somebody left an Easter egg just for me.

But if that’s all that happened all I would have is an Easter egg hunt story and lots of people had those yesterday. But there was more.

I passed three little girls. Cute little girls. And all three of them gave me loves. One of them even got down from her daddy’s shoulders to give me loves. Woo woo!

What, person? You didn’t take any pictures of those little girls giving me loves. How’s anybody going to believe me then? If I have to wait while you take pictures of all those flowers, then you’d better get your camera out and take pictures of me any time I’m getting loves. Even if those loves are from boys.

I guess I’ll have to look for more loves on my next walk. And make sure my person has her camera out and ready.

But there’s more.

I have a neighbor dog who lives on the other side of my backyard fence. Every time we’re outside together he barks at me. He’s a through the fence kind of friend. I wrote about him here. For a long time we’ve always had a fence between us when we meet. Yesterday, we finally got to meet dog to dog. Moe tried to give me what for like he does through the fence but I gave him what for back and then we were even. Moe backed off while my person talked to his person. They hadn’t met before either.

Bongo and Moe on the trail

So now that Moe knows who’s top dog around here, I’ll let him be my friend.

Moe, I’ll be out to meet you at the fence again in a little while.

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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The Empty Tomb

Paper mache empty tombThat is not the same tomb that I ate a few days ago. That one was made of squishy newspaper and chicken wire.

I would never eat a rock. Who do you think I am, anyway?

This is supposed to be the tomb they buried Jesus in? Why would they bury him in a rock?

Yeah, I guess it would be hard to steal him out of a big, rock tomb when a humongous rock covered the entrance.

But who would want to? Why would anyone want to steal a body?

Jesus what? He told people he would be killed and after three days he would rise again?

So the elders, chief priests and scribes wanted to seal Jesus in so his disciples couldn’t steal his body and say he had risen?

But what if Jesus was telling the truth? Wouldn’t He be stuck inside that big rock tomb? What would He do then?

Okay, I’ll listen to the rest of the story.


Jesus died on the cross on a Friday, and on Sunday Mary Magdalene and some of the other women who had followed Him went to His tomb. They found the stone rolled back from the door of the tomb.


So Jesus snuck out right through the front door.

I am listening.


Mary Magdalene ran to tell Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, that they didn’t know where Jesus’ body had been taken. Peter and John ran to the tomb and only found the linen cloths that Jesus had been buried in. So they left and went back to their homes.


Does that mean Jesus had to go and knock on their doors?

I’m listening. I just wanted to know.


When Peter and John left, Mary stayed behind weeping. She looked into the tomb and saw two angels in there. The angels asked her why she was weeping and Mary said, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.

After she said this, Mary turned around and saw Jesus, but she thought He was the gardener. She said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

Mary finally realized this was Jesus and was overjoyed.


Did Jesus look for a place to hide after that so he wouldn’t be killed again?

Yes, I’m listening.


Later, when the disciples were hiding behind locked doors for fear of the Jews, Jesus appeared to them.


He went right through the locked door? Does that mean He could have gotten out of that tomb even if the door wasn’t rolled away?

That would make it easy for Him to hide so he wouldn’t be killed again.


Jesus won’t be killed again. God raised Him from the dead so that He will have everlasting life. And you can have everlasting life too if you declare Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead.


I’ve just got one question.

Can you make the next empty tomb out of bread please?


Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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The Tomb is Really Empty Now

Scratchy with bags of plastic Easter eggsHey person, Scratchy’s getting into the Easter eggs.


I am not.

I am not trying to cover up for what I did.

What did I do?

Oh that. Well, it smelled like food to me.



Partially completed paper mache empty tomb

So I ate it.

Bongo and damaged tomb

It was a what?

You’re making an empty tomb for Easter? The tomb that Jesus left?

Aren’t tombs made out of rocks or something?

Person, if you’d carved that tomb out of rock I wouldn’t have eaten it. So it’s all your fault.

But don’t worry. I’ll take care of it.


Bongo licking the paper mache drippings off the floor

I’m cleaning up the mess I made on the floor.

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Listen to the Story

Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene

My person said I have to stay really quiet and listen because the Easter story is very important. I’ll try, person.

My person says that Jesus was crucified on the cross. That must have hurt.

Yes, I’m listening, person. I still don’t get why he was crucified though.

So God can’t look on sin and we all have it? Even me? Not me.

Well yeah, I do that but… I do that too, but it’s not my fault.

Jesus is the only one qualified to take all our sins upon himself and he had to die on the cross to do it? So God can look at us because Jesus took our sin for us? It’s a free gift from him?

We have to do what? Ask for that free gift? That’s all? That sounds really simple.

So what does that have to do with Easter?

Jesus didn’t stay dead? How could that happen?

My person says that after Jesus died he was buried in a tomb and a very large stone was rolled in front of it. On Sunday morning Mary Magdalene and some other women went to the tomb. They didn’t know how they would move the stone, but when they got there they found it had already been rolled away.

Mary ran to Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, and told them someone had taken Jesus and they didn’t know where he was.

Peter and John ran to the tomb and found nothing inside but the linen and burial cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus. They didn’t understand what was happening and they went home.

Mary Magdalene stayed there and stood outside the tomb crying. She looked into the tomb and saw two angels sitting where Jesus had been.

Person, you didn’t tell me there were angels in the story.

I’m really listening, person.

The angels asked Mary why she was crying and she said they had taken her Lord away and she didn’t know where they had put him.

Mary turned around and saw a man standing there. She thought it was the gardener.

A gardener? Does he grow good stuff to eat?

I’m sorry person. I couldn’t help myself. You made me think about food.

Okay. The man asked Mary why she was crying and who she was looking for.

Mary said to the man that if he had carried Jesus away could he please tell her where he had put him and she would go get him.

The man then said one word to her. “Mary.” She immediately recognized that it was Jesus.

But person, you just told me Jesus died on the cross. How could that be him?

He did? God raised him from the dead? And Mary was the first one to see him?

Do you think I could see him too?


Posted by on April 8, 2012 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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What’s in the Bag?

Scratchy checking out a bagScratchy, what did you find? Is that what I think it is? Come on Scratchy, tell me what you’ve got.

Scratchy, if you don’t tell me I’m going to tell my our person that you’re getting into her bag.

Scratchy getting into the bag

There must be some really good stuff in there. What are those different colored things?

Oh, I know what those are. Scratchy, you’re going to get into real trouble if you don’t leave those alone.

You know what those are? They’re the eggs that belong to the Easter Bunny. I was looking everywhere for that bunny’s stash the other day and I couldn’t find it. How did you find it?

Scratchy, the Easter Bunny is supposed to hide those eggs for me us on Easter morning so we can have an egg hunt. If you don’t give those eggs back to that bunny how are we going to have an Easter egg hunt?

You’d better give those eggs to me Scratchy. I know where that bunny lives – well, sort of. I saw him on my trails.

Scratchy, are you listening to me? Come on, Scratchy. My person is taking me for a walk soon. I can find that bunny and give the eggs back.

Scratchy, stop guarding those eggs!

Scratchy guarding the eggs

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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Why Did They Want to Kill Him?

Bongo with plastic eggsWhat are you telling me, person? You mean that little baby you told me about last Christmas – the one who was born where all the animals were – grew up to be a man and then people wanted to kill him? Why would they want to do that?

Yeah, Jesus. That’s who I’m talking about. Why would they want to kill him?

He did? He performed miracles and healed lots of people? Is that why they wanted to kill him? I don’t get it.

Did Jesus heal animals too?

He taught people about God and the Kingdom of Heaven? Didn’t they like God? Is that why they wanted to kill him?

He told people to do things like love their enemies? Okay, now I get it. They must have thought he was nuts. He tried to take away the fun of giving someone what for.

What, that wasn’t it either? Then what?

People followed him instead of the religious leaders? And Jesus told the religious leaders they were hypocrites that were leading people away from God? Oh, now I get it. I think.

So the religious leader got jealous of Jesus? And mad at him?

He did? He told people he is the Son of God? Why would he say that if he knew it would upset people? He could have just kept quiet and no one would have bothered him.

But person, that doesn’t make sense at all. You mean he came and was born so he could die on a cross? I don’t get it. Couldn’t he have asked God to rescue him?

He could? Then why didn’t he? Did he at least give all those religious leaders what for?

No way! He asked God to forgive them? I really don’t get it now.

He died on that cross because he loves us? I love you person, but I don’t want to die on a cross.

He had to take all the sins on himself so everybody could be with God? Didn’t God like Jesus?

He loves people too, so He was willing to sacrifice His only Son for all the people? And he saved the lives of animals too because they didn’t have to be sacrificed anymore? That’s cool. That means He loves animals too.

But I still don’t get it.

I have to hear the rest of the story and that happens on Easter?

Oh, Easter. That’s the day I get to steal the candy out of the plastic eggs.




Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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Training Session

Bongo looking for the stashMy person has been making a lot of mistakes lately and I think she’s due for some retraining, so this is a training session for my person. All of you people out there who walk your dogs might want to listen up too. And if you don’t walk your dog, or you don’t have a dog to walk you need to start with a different training session. I’ll get to that one in awhile.

Hey person, I’ve got to lay down some rules here. I know you have to hang on to the end of my leash so you don’t get lost or run off, but there are a few times you need to let go.

For instance, today when that bunny came running across the trail. If you had let go of my leash your arm wouldn’t have been yanked so hard. You know it’s going to be sore tomorrow.

And if you had let go of my leash I would have been able to chase that bunny. You know it’s getting close to Easter. That bunny is probably gathering up a stash of brightly colored eggs somewhere. I might have been able to follow that bunny to the stash.

You know that would have helped you out, person. You’ve got an Easter egg hunt coming up. Where do you think you’re going to get the eggs for it?

I hope you’re thinking about what I’ve just told you. Next time we see a bunny, let go of my leash.

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Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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