Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lent daybook, 39: my life is spent with sorrow

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


Black Crucifixion
Fritz Eichenberg, 1963


Psalm 31:9-16

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eye is wasted from grief;
    my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
    and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
    and my bones waste away.
11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
    especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
    those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
    I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
    terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
    as they plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
    rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love!

  • Sisters and brothers,
    as Jesus, in the days before his passion,
    offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears,
    let us pray for those who suffer, those who are in need,
    and those who seek reconciliation.

    Include prayers here for your family, friends, neighborhood and the world.  

    God of compassion,
    you know our faults and yet you promised to forgive.
    Keep us in your presence and give us your wisdom.
    Open our hearts to gladness,
    call dry bones to dance,
    and restore to us the joy of your salvation. Amen. 

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



Using the guide below, take time today to examine your heart and look for meaningful ways to put your faith into practice.
#1 Prayer of Self Examination
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24)
Take a moment to quiet your heart and reflect upon the past week. Look especially for ways to express gratitude and thanksgiving to God for his goodness and love, as well as genuine sorrow over your own sin and brokenness. Close this time of prayer by expressing your hope in the power of the Holy Spirit who is faithful to forgive, cleanse, and transform you into his likeness (2 Cor. 3:18). (source)

(see all Lent daybook posts from 2015 here)

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