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Called to Compassion

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Six



Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.

~~~1 Peter 3:8-9

Prayer BannerLord, Compassion is an extremely popular word. There is something inside of each of us that wants to be compassionate with everyone we encounter. There is, however, another voice. That voice says that we must set things right. That voice says that compassion is a sign of weakness. Help me to practice the compassion that you have taught so that we may follow you..

Amen

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His Workmanship

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Five



For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.

~~~Ephesians 2:8-9

Prayer BannerLord, Salvation by faith is both simple and hard. We were all born with a streak of defiance in us. That defiance sometimes makes it difficult to turn ourselves over to you in faith. It is also exceedingly challenging to have faith in what we have not seen. Lord give us the strength to be faithful this day and all days to come.

Amen

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Hiding Place

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Four



You are a hiding-place for me;

   you preserve me from trouble;

  ~~~Psalm 32:7

Prayer BannerLord, We all need a hiding place to escape our troubles. The world offers places that only deepen and widen our trouble, but you offer peace and grace. Let me open my eyes and see what you have offered to me and accept it. Lord, I accept that you are the true hiding place in my times of trouble.

Amen

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Be Ready

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Three



In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.

~~~2 Timothy 4:1-2

Prayer BannerLord, Prepare us for the day that I will be judged by my deeds. Give me the grace necessary to live as my belief requires. I ask forgiveness in the many ways that I have failed to live up to that which I profess. It is in your love and grace that I implore you this day

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Shame

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Two



To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust;

   do not let me be put to shame;

   do not let my enemies exult over me.

Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;

   let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

~~~Psalm 25

Prayer BannerLord, We all fear shame in our lives. Shame can cause us to make many mistakes. Lord, I confess my sins and ask you to remove my shame. Renew me in the bosom of your love and grace. Help me to find a way forward in difficult times. I know that you are gracious and merciful and can make this happen.

Amen

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Proper Piety

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day One



‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for the  you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

~~~Matthew 6:1-6

Prayer BannerLord, Help me to practice my Lenten disciplines with the attitude and demeanor that is given to us by Jesus. Too often we are tempted to be showy and self-aggrandizing in our piety. It is clear, from the words of Jesus, that we are to be people of humble heart and giving spirit. I ask your help and strength to achieve that during this Lenten season.

Amen

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Holy Saturday


Isaiah 54:5-14

For your Maker is your husband,
   the Lord of hosts is his name;
Day 40the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
   the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the Lord has called you
   like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,
   says your God.


For a brief moment I abandoned you,
   but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing wrath for a moment
   I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
   says the Lord, your Redeemer.


This is like the days of Noah to me:
   Just as I swore that the waters of Noah
   would never again go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
   and will not rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart
   and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
   and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
   says the Lord, who has compassion on you.


O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
   I am about to set your stones in antimony,
   and lay your foundations with sapphires.

I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
   your gates of jewels,
   and all your wall of precious stones.


All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
   and great shall be the prosperity of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
   you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
   and from terror, for it shall not come near you.


Question- Do I believe that Jesus truly set all things right?


Prayer – Lord, give me the faith and confidence to believe that you can and will set  all things right. Amen


“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”

—- Marianne Williamson

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Everlasting Love

Isaiah 52:13—53:12

See, my servant shall prosper;
he shall be exalted and lifted up,
and shall be very high.
Day 39Just as there were many who were astonished at him
—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of mortals—
so he shall startle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which had not been told them they shall see,
and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by others;
a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people.
They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.


Question- Do you live in His everlasting love?


Prayer- LORD, you have given all to me. I have nothing to offer but thanks and obedience. I pledge this day to give my all to you. Amen.


Crucifixion

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Acknowledge Him

Day 33Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

—-Proverbs 3:5-6


Question- What ways must I surrender to God’s path today?


Prayer- LORD, I trust you with all that I am and lean to you for the wisdom needed to carry me through this day. It is sometimes difficult to just let go and allow you to lead the way.  My goal today is to allow you to ease my burden and carry my load for I am exhausted. Amen


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Who Is it?

Day 28  March 28

After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’

—John 21:19-20


Question- Have I always been faithful to Jesus?


Prayer- Lord, in difficult times it is easy to turn our backs on you. Please spare me of such times, but when they come, prepare me to stand with you. Let me be faithful. Amen

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