Friday, February 19, 2016

Lent daybook, 10: be strong, take courage, and wait

My Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you? (see previous Lent daybook 2016 posts here)

A Native American sends smoke signals in Montana, 1909
Dr. Joseph K. Dixon, National Geographic Creative

Psalm 27  
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!

You have said, “Seek my face.”

My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
     Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.
 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord; 
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD! 

God of the living,
through baptism we pass from the shadow of death 
to the light of the resurrection.
Remain with us and give us hope
that, rejoicing in the gift of the Spirit
who gives life to our mortal flesh,
we may be clothed with the garment of immortality,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

(I invite you to listen with me to my ever-evolving Lent playlist & Lent Spirituals playlist )



Today, if you are physically able, find a place where you can kneel for ten minutes without interruption. During this time, your knees will ache and you will most likely feel tension in your body because of the unfamiliar position you are holding. Try to ignore any physical signs of discomfort and simply focus on quieting your mind. (source: Simplifying the Soul)

Recite Psalm 27:14: 

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

(see all Lent daybook posts from 2015 

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