A Lenten Meditation on Psalm 89

March 15, 2010

I thought today’s Lenten devotional at Anglican Mainstream (from Church of the Resurrection, Tampa) was beautifully written.  Here’s an excerpt:

One of the most striking Psalms in the entire Psalter #89 which is the Psalm appointed for today. What strikes the reader very quickly is that the Psalmist is descriptive in his very clear contrasts of the eternity of God with the fleeting time of that we as humans experience. The instruction on our human limitation is very focused. Our existence has the frailty of the grass that springs up at dawn; suddenly it hears the whistle of the sickle that reduces it to a heap of hay. The freshness of life all too soon gives way to the aridity of death (cf. vv. 5-6). In our prayers today let us ask God that a reflection of eternity penetrate our brief lives and actions. With the presence of divine grace in us, a light will shine on the passing of our days; misery will be turned into glory, what seems not to make sense will acquire meaning.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: O Most gracious Father, who is my God and my all,  in your goodness and mercy, grant that before I die,  I may regain all the graces which I have lost through my carelessness and folly. Permit me to attain the degree of merit and perfection which you desire to lead me, and which I failed by my unfaithfulness to reach. Amen

Lent index won’t be updated for a few days

March 15, 2010

Hi all,
I’ll be traveling for a few days and won’t have much internet access. So, the Lent 2010 index won’t be updated for the next week. But there WILL be daily Lent entries while I’m away.

Find all the latest Lent entries here.

“What We Really Need When Life is Loud” – The Discipline of Silence

March 15, 2010

Thanks to Christine Sine at Godspace for linking this wonderful reflection on the importance of silence for our Spiritual Growth.

Ann Voskamp at Holy Experience blogs about a silent retreat.  Here’s an excerpt:

The weekend this tongue lies still I hear what I don’t want to hear, what I usually work hard not to hear in my daily life. Do we keep our lives loud because noise obscures our heart cries? The cries that we are cavernously empty and are famished for love- filling, that we are lonely and nothing on this earth will satisfy, that we are wounded and we are weak and we hurt and we need help. A string of silent hours and I hear the whimper of the heart clear, this chafing to be known, to be seen, to be accepted, heart always the man-pleaser, always embrace-hungry. In silence, truth thunders.

Is this why I talk too much, spill too much and in many words there are many sins and do the lips move more in prayer or more often in complaint, in triviality, in self-focus? Why do I wear my heart stark naked on my sleeve when Mary wisely pondered all these things in her heart? Why make all that is private, public, and what of seeking God’s counsel first, God’s counsel alone? What is sacred when all is spoken? There is a “time to be silent and a time to speak” (Ecc. 3:7) and the time to speak is always after the time of silence.

Who can hear the voice of God but those who have times of sealed lips?

Go read the whole wonderful meditation (with lots of lovely pictures)

May the Lord help us find times of silence in these 2 remaining weeks of Lent.

Lenten Prayer: Help me cling to the cross and be crucified to the world

March 15, 2010

Help me to cling to the cross,
be crucified to the world by it,
and in it find deepest humiliation,
motives to patience and self-denial,
grace for active benevolence,
faith to grasp eternal life,
hope to lift up my head,
love to bind me for ever
to him who died and rose for me.
May Christ’s shed blood make me
more thankful for your mercies,
more humble under your correction,
more zealous in your service,
more watchful against temptation,
more contented in my circumstances,
more useful to others.

Puritan Prayer (adapted) from Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, pg. 46

Once again, posted with great gratitude for Baptist pastor Trevin Wax’s great collection of prayers at his blog Kingdom People

Sudan and Israel

March 15, 2010

Sudan (also known as Cush and Nubia) has a historical connection with Israel. When King Sennacherib of Assyria was laying siege to Jerusalem, he had to abandon the siege because he received word that the Nubian Pharoah Tirhakah was leading an army to fight against him. (2 Kings 19) Also, Moses’ second wife was from Cush. In recent years Sudanese refugees have fled from Egypt to Israel.

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. The Nubian Pharoah Tirhakah came to the aid of Jerusalem, Lord. Prosper Sudan.
O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. All the families of the earth have been blessed through you.
God, You have said that You bless those that bless Israel and curse those that treat Israel with contempt. In the past, Sudan blessed Jerusalem with its military. As intercessors for Sudan today, we bless Israel. For the sake of our brothers and sisters in Sudan, we will say,“Peace be with Jerusalem.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, we will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.
Psalm 122:6-9, Genesis 12:3

Lent IV: Devotionals from Church of the Resurrection

March 15, 2010

Here’s the link for the devotionals for Lent week 4 from Church of the Resurrection, Tampa

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