Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lent daybook, 37: I have calmed and quieted my soul

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A Moment's Rest - Emmanuel Zairis
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Psalm 131:  I have calmed and quieted my soul

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Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. source

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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Hard Times
Bifrost Arts

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How does love motivate your responses to others today? 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lent daybook, 36: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!

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The Prayer - Constantin Brancusi
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Psalm 130:  Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

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Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. source

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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Fix Me, Jesus 
 The American Spiritual Ensemble

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 Love
How do you greet the day?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lent daybook, 35:If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord

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The Christian Martyr's Last Prayer - Jean-Leon Gerome source  
Martyrs in Libya whispered "Lord Jesus Christ" before execution -- CNS/Reuters source


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Romans 10:1-13:  If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

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Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. source

My help is in the Name of the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. What then shall I fear of what shall I be afraid?

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 Berliner Messe: Kyrie
 Arvo Part

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What's your identity? What are you to be about? ...To receive God's love in every way into your being and then to reflect that love outward. Hildegard of Bingen, the great medieval abbess, said we should be mirrors... mirroring God's light and God's love with great generosity everywhere we go. Love: love is of our essence. 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Lent daybook, 34: Into Thy hands I commit my spirit

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Deposition from the Cross - Jacopo Pontormo
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Psalm 31:  Into Thy hands I commit my spirit

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Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. source

Let us praise the Lord, whom the Angels are praising, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim proclaim: Holy, holy, holy!

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 Twenty-Three/Trouble So Hard
 Tim Coons

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Are your expectations too rigid?

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lent daybook, 33: They say continually to ... everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.'

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Kara Tippetts, a woman who wrote an open letter to Brittany Maynard, is about to die - photo by Jay "Napoleon" Lyons
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Jeremiah 23:16-32:  They say continually... to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart "No disaster shall come upon you."

Pray from Psalm 118 today.  Here's a passage, for starters:

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
    the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

Amen and even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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What Wondrous Love Is This 
 Josh Garrells & Mason Jar Music

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 Love
How might you love someone you may not necessarily like?

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lent daybook, 32: Jesus knew from the beginning who would betray Him

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We Want Barabbus (Ecce Homo) - Honore Daumier
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John 6:60-71:  Jesus knew from the beginning who would betray Him

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Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. source

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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 Were You There/Not A Word
 Holy City Hymns

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Make time in your life to create.  What will you make?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Lent daybook, 31: He did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us

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The Crucifixion - Gerald Anthony Coles
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Jeremiah 22:13-23 / Romans 8:12-27:  I will raise up a righteous Branch / He did not spare His own Son but gave him up for us all

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Pray Psalm 107 in your own words -- something like this:

We give thanks to you Lord, for You are good, for your steadfast love endures forever! 
We, the redeemed, say that You have redeemed us from trouble, and gathered your people from all the lands of the earth -- from the east, west, north and south. 
Some of us wandered like people without a home, hungry and thirsty, our souls fainted.  Then we cried to You, Lord, in our trouble, and You delivered us from our distress. You led us straight to a place to live.  We thank You, Lord, for Your steadfast love, for your wondrous works to us.  You satisfied our longing souls and filled our hunger with good things.12 1314 15  
Some of us lived in darkness, near death, like prisoners chained to our the afflictions that came because we rebelled against Your words, God, and spurned your counsel. You bowed our hearts down with hard labor until we fell down, with no one to help us. Then when we cried to You in our trouble, You delivered us from our distress. You brought us out of darkness and the shadow of death, you broke off all our self-inflicted chains. So we thank You, Lord, for Your wondrous works to us. Thank you for shattering all the doors and breaking all the bars that kept us from Your goodness.  
Some of us were just fools in our sinful ways, and we suffered for our sin.  We lost our appetites for good and life-giving things until we felt we were near to death. Then we cried to You, Lord, in our trouble.  You sent out Your word and healed us, and delivered us from the destruction we had caused. We thank You, Lord, for Your steadfast love and for all of your wondrous works to us.  In thanks, we offer back to You acts of thanksgiving and we sing songs of gratitude for everyone to hear. 
Whenever we cry to You, Lord, in our distress, in uncontrollable disaster, in destruction of our own making, You deliver us from our distress.  You still the storms and hush the waves and bring us rest beside quiet havens of still water. We thank You, Lord, for Your steadfast love, for all of Your wondrous works to us.  We will lift high Your praises and shout Hallelujah when we gather together. Help us to always give thanks for Your deep love.  
Amen. 

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 Christ Be With Me
 The Brilliance

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What has surprised and delighted you most recently?

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