Thursday, March 10, 2016

Lent daybook, 30: when you walk through the fire

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

Clearlake, CA 2015
A firefighter was silhouetted by his headlamp as he battled the Rocky Fire, a wildfire that spread over three counties and burned over 60,000 acres.


But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
    Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
 Because you are precious in my eyes,
    and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
    peoples in exchange for your life.
 Fear not, for I am with you;
    I will bring your offspring from the east,
    and from the west I will gather you.
 I will say to the north, Give up,
    and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the end of the earth,

everyone who is called by my name,

    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”
all readings for the day: Psalm 126; Isaiah 43:1-7; Philippians 2:19-24

God of the covenant,

in the glory of the cross
your Son embraced the power of death
and broke its hold over your people.
In this time of repentance,
draw all people to yourself,
that we who confess Jesus as Lord
may put aside the deeds of death 
and accept the life of your kingdom. Amen. (source)

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



This week, ask God to boldly work in your life so that you might be a blessing to someone else. Ask him specifically in a way that will stretch you beyond your own limits and abilities. Trust that God will put someone in mind from work, school, or your family that is in need of the compassion and love of God through your words and actions. (source)


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2015 here)

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