Lenten Meditation Day 14 2017

Lenten Meditation Day 14 2017

Scripture

John 17:6-19

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.

Prayer

You are the Word made flesh. You are the recipient of our lives. Your Father sent you to us and gave us to you. You hold us and intercede for our protection. You have provided and you are the Truth. Forgive us when we put other names on you; when we give you roles that are not yours. Forgive us for following false and personal “Jesus”. Guide us to find you and only you. Amen.

Meditation:

In the last week I found a hack for gmail that allows me to have a preview pane. I have missed this feature since moving away from an Outlook email platform. I have little idea about much of what I just wrote. What I do know is I am able to see who sent me the email and part of the body of the email, which allows me to determine how quickly I need to open said email. Often times I can delete it straight away because the sender and information I see in the preview pane let me know that it is spam or an advertisement or a forwarded message (did I just write that?). If I only had the body of the email I would need to use context and clues to figure out who sent it. If I only have a sender but don’t have the body then I am not sure of the email’s significance. Is it a love note, an action that needs to be done, a shared funny story, and agenda or invitation? I guess what I am trying to say is I like to see both who sent the email and what it is about in a fuller way than just the subject line lets on.

Jesus is the message, the context and content, who is sent by God to reveal Himself toward us. This gives so much weight and authority to Jesus and His life. He did not just show up. God sent HIm. This is purposeful and direct. This is not a spur of the moment rush. God sent Jesus and Jesus came. He came to manifest God. He came to proclaim and provide the way to a right relationship with God, ourselves, others and place. Lots of people just see the content of the message and then they only want to look at the parts they like or they relate to most. As important as the content is the sender. Who sent the message validates the content. It gives us a place of assurance and rest.

We have all received an email from a prince who has money to give us. The content is exciting but the sender is false. We have received emails where the content was a hyperlink to something from one we love. The sender is real but the content is false because their account was hacked. In Christ, the Word made flesh, the content and sender, God, is Truth.

Action

We are sent as well. God sends us into this world to manifest His name. Find a way to do that today.

Lenten Meditation Day 13 2017

Scripture

John 17:6-19

 

I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.

 

Prayer

Teach me to believe I am a gift and not a burden.  Teach me to see myself as yours and your delight, not as a problem that needed to be solved.  Teach me to know my worth is beyond how I perceive myself, beyond what I accomplish, beyond any position or place I may hold.  Teach me to see others whom you have given to Jesus as gifts and not burdens, as people to delight in and not problems to solve.  Teach me to count their worth according to how you perceive them and not my arbitrary values and metrics.  Teach me this through Christ.  Amen.

 

Meditation

Were you a child who would look through the Sears/ToysRUs/Myer Christmas toy catalogue and mark the things you most desired?  Would you leave it open to certain pages in order to give hints to those who might be purchasing gifts for you?  Did you anticipate the day, whether Christmas Eve or day, that you would receive your gifts with joy and celebration?  Were you disappointed after opening them?  Satisfied?

 

In the TV show Monk detective Monk would say of his OCD, which enabled him to be a very astute detective, “It’s a gift and a curse.”  My perspective is that Jesus could say the same thing about His disciples and followers.  “They are a gift and a curse.”  We are given to Jesus from the Father (see vs 6).  We are a gift.  The disciples were slow to understand what Jesus was doing and saying.  They would bicker among themselves.  They would position themselves to receive honor.  A gift and a curse.  

In saying this I know that many of us just see the curse part.  We see ourselves and wonder why God would save us.  Listen to Christ’s prayer.  We are a gift.  We are beloved.  We have been given to Jesus by the Father who had us completely.  We are the people of His possession.  He is our God and He gives us as a gift to Jesus.  And Jesus takes us as that gift.  

 

Action

When we know we are gifts, we can begin to see others as gifts.  Think of the people in your lives, both the easy people and hard people, and praise God for them as a gift to you.  Praise God for how they are a gift because of how the Father has uniquely crafted them.  

Lenten Meditation Day 12 2017 (second Sunday)

Scripture/ Prayer/ Meditation/ Action

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
4 to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
7 to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
8 the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew[a] Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
17 to him who struck down great kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

Lenten Meditation Day 11 2017

Lenten Meditation Day 10 2017

Scripture

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!
5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.
6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear.[a]
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
8 I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance[b]
in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me
beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!

Prayer

Father, let me not hide your steadfast love. You remember it always, let it be every present in my mind. Keep me from shame, doubt, and the lie of my own doing. I am poor but you have thought of me. Thank you for your deliverance. Amen

Meditation

Have you ever been to an amusement park when they were opening a new roller coaster? When the gates open everyone makes their way toward the new coaster. They can’t wait to get there and experience the thrill and adrenaline. As you draw closer to the ride you see a queue or line of people. “Is this the line for the Shockwave?” They sigh and responded, “Yes.” So you get behind them. After about fifteen minutes and very little movement you come upon a sign that informs you that from that spot the wait time is 2 hours 15 minutes. You think that maybe you should go ride other rides and come back when the line is over but you are sure it will never be short so you stay in line. People pass by shaking their heads wondering why anyone would stay in line. You build quick friendships with those around you sharing stories of all the other roller coasters you have ridden. Talking about how great this ride will be. Comparing notes of longest length of time you had waited in line before. You pass the sign that says 1 hour 30 minutes to the ride and you celebrate. Someone tries to go buy food for the group ahead of you and get back in line. You have to decide if you show grace or send them all to the back. More people walk by shaking their heads. Someone yells to the line that there are plenty of other rides in the park. You pass the sign that says 45 minutes till the ride. You are almost there. Someone notices that the weather looks a bit overcast and wonders if the ride shuts down in a storm. You check the weather app radar and it might hold off until after you ride. You have tired of the friends you had made in line because they seem to want to “one up” every story you tell. Soon we will be on the ride and away from them. You are now going through the weaving of the line. You are in the experience. There are video screens telling you about the ride, a story that goes along with the “Shockwave” name. You begin to negotiate with your riding partners. Do you try to get into the very front or very back car. You know this will make your wait longer but it will be worth it. You decide and wait the extra 1 minutes to ride the front and you climb aboard. The clicking of the chain as you ascend the first hill is exhilarating. You reach the top and zoom down an almost 90 degree drop. After some corkscrew rolls, loops and quick turns you are back at the beginning. A total of 2 minutes 20 seconds spent on the ride. You can’t wait to ride it again so to the back of the line you head.

Patient waiting on the Lord requires us to have complete trust in His steadfast love. People will shake their heads at you and tell you of other ways. You will have deep relationship and conflicts with those you are walking with. It sometimes seems like God only appears for a moment and then is gone, but He is not. His thoughts are toward you and His steadfast love preserves you.

Action:

Make a list of the appears of God in your life. Those moments when it, to you, seems He is most present. Praise Him for those moments. And Praise Him for the moments it seems that He is not there but is.

Lenten Meditation Day 10 2017

Scripture:

John 17

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Meditation and Action:

We are on day 10 so it is a good time to go back and read and meditate on the whole prayer. Look for unity, love, glory as key words. What is Jesus purpose? What is He asking for? Who has us and who gives us? Where is the authority? Is there something you fear in this prayer? Is there something you desire? Is there something you doubt? Write it out and keep it as we continue this journey through this prayer.

Prayer:

Father, we know that you heard your Son when He prayed this prayer. Make us one. Let us live in your love so the world can know you. Amen

Lenten Meditation Day 9 2017

Scripture

John 17:6:-19

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.

 

Prayer:

Jesus, your life has shown us who God is.  You have revealed His name to us.  You did this to your disciples.  They were faithful to your word and who you are.  Thank you for showing us the Father.  Thank you for giving us His name. We are yours because of His desire to have us as His people, as His sons and daughters.  Protect us from other names.  Jesus, in your name. Amen

 

Meditation:

I am named after my father.  He is Daniel Lee Hinkle and I am Daniel Lee Hinkle II.  That is Daniel Lee Hinkle the Second, not Jr. My dad goes by Danny and I go by Lee.  Not sure why neither of us go by Daniel?  Too lofty of a man to aspire to, maybe.  I have just always been Lee.  At one point in my life during times of imagination, I remember thinking if I ever had to change my name it would be Flint McCabe.  I think I was reading or seeing lots of Louis L’amour books around that time so it sounded like a tough name.  I have never had anyone say to me that I didn’t look like a “Lee.”  I know that happens.  “She looks more like a Mary than a Samantha.”  Our name is required on many things.  Going through the process of visa applications and moving to a new country, I have had to sign my name so many times it is exhausting. For the most part we don’t pick our names: they are thrust upon us a birth.  And if you ever feel bad about your name just be glad you are not Espn (pronounced “Espen”).  

Jesus’ life manifests God’s name.  His life, they way He is the comforting confronter, the merciful judge, the faithful provider, all manifest God’s name.  Jesus is God declared.  He is the Word and the word is God’s name.  Why does the name of God need to be manifest?  So men will know it and be able to call on it.  By calling on the name we are returning to our true personhood, which is that of the created being in a loving, knowing, understanding relationship with the Creator.  Because of the fall the name got fuzzy and distorted. Jesus manifests it in order to remind our hearts of the Name. In Christ we see God.  He has given us His name.  

Because I am known by “Lee” I have never really had a nickname.  It is hard to shorten “Lee”.  God has given us His name.  He has written it on our hearts.  He has revealed His name in His son.  There is no other name for us to know because in His manifest name we can be known and know all others.  

 

Action.

Follow this link to a Navigator’s article on the Names of God.  Pray thanksgiving prayers about the names and attributes.  Meditate on how Christ manifest these names.

Lenten Meditation Day 8 2017

Scripture

John 17:1-5

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

 

Prayer

Jesus we praise you for humbling yourself to become a man and being obedient to even death on the cross.  All things on this earth were made through you, and you sustain them, and you gave up your glory in order to enter into this world to save it. We magnify your name.  Bring us to worship you in your sacrifice and your exaltation.  Amen

 

Meditation

The request to be glorified in God’s presence with the glory that He possessed before the foundation of the world is jolting.  It is a statement that reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus made in order for this prayer to be a reality.

The world He created became His home; a place where He revealed God’s glory through His life.  He had already created the world to reveal God’s goodness, truth, mercy and love but now He was present in the world to tear the veil down completely.  Here is the restorative promise of Christ’s coming.  We are made whole and God receives glory.

Philippians 2:5-11 says, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Amen!

 

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks what our chief end is.  The answer is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.  Jesus gave up His glory for us to be able to be all we were created to be.

 

Action:

Give Jesus the glory that is due Him.  Spend time in worship today.

Lenten Meditation Day 7 2017

Scripture:

John 17:1-5

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Prayer:

Father you have created all things, sustain all things, and accomplished all things to bring your people to wholeness.  Through Jesus you have removed the curse and our need for endless striving.  Your call to righteousness is found in Christ’s righteousness.  Your way is narrow because Jesus is the only one who could tread those steps.  We fall short.  Have mercy on us in your Son and His completed work.  Amen

Meditation:

It is amazing what things reveal our brokenness.  I recently became the proud owner of a Fitbit.  Maybe a better way of saying that is I have recently been attached to a Fitbit and it seems to have taken over my life.  In an effort to live a healthier life, I found a model that was significantly discounted and it seemed like a step in the right direction.  What this thing on my wrist has revealed about my heart! Fitbits give you goals, remind you that they are your goals that you set for yourself, in order to gain health.  Hours of sleep, calorie intake, water intake, and numbers of steps are the primary measures to health. When you reach a goal your Fitbit will light up and vibrate, giving you positive affirmation.  You can track your other metrics by adding to your totals. Each time you do so you see how far off or close you are to accomplishing the goal.  It’s not perfect.  I hit 10,000 steps on Sunday and I never left the pulpit.  I have a lot of hand motions and gestures.

What I have noticed is the amount of shame I feel when I don’t hit a goal.  Fitbit told me this morning that I only sleep 6 hours when my goal is 7.  Shame.  I see how far off from my water goal I am and chug a litre before bed so I can hit the goal.  Don’t want to disappoint this plastic bracelet I am wearing. Of course then I am awake a few times during the night to take care of that bedtime litre and I don’t sleep my 7 hours.  I imagine that after a few weeks of this and missing some goals my temptation will be to change them so they are more attainable.

Sound familiar to your walk with God?  We want to set and reset the goals.  We feel shame when we don’t think we accomplished what we were supposed to.  We push in our own effort to change.  

God is merciful and the work is accomplished.  No shame, no shifting of goals, no extra effort. God, through Christ, makes me right with Him, myself, others and place.  

Action:

Often our motivations or the false way we receive rightness is revealed in small things.  Think about what your first reaction is when you hand a child a glass of milk and they spill it.  First reaction and be as honest as you can be with yourself.

If you think, “I must have handed that to them weirdly to cause the spill.”  you probably get your rightness from the approval of others.

If you think, “How could they have possibly spilled that?  I gave it to them perfectly.  No one should spill milk I give them. They need to clean that up right away!” you probably get your rightness from having power over others and situations.

If you think, “How did that happen?  If they can’t grab a glass correctly they will never be able to clean it up correctly.  I have to do it.”  you probably get your rightness from having control.

There are many other reactions you can think of but if you dig down they can show you your heart.  Let me know of the others you may think of and what they reveal by emailing them to me.  I would appreciate it.

Lenten Meditation Day 6 2017

Scripture

John 17:1-5

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Prayer

Father, I find it hard to believe. You ask me to believe and that is what you desire from me but I find it hard to believe.  Hard to believe that Jesus paid the price for me completely.  Hard to believe that there is nothing for me to do for my salvation.  Hard for me to believe that your steadfast love is for me. Hard to believe that i am your child.  Hard to believe that you see me as righteous.  Hard for me to believe that i do not need to prove myself to you.  Hard for me to believe that my own striving for righteousness or at least my definition of righteousness does matter for your favour.  Help me in my unbelief.

Meditation

God is glorified through Christ completed work.  Jesus hasn’t made it to the cross yet.  He hasn’t been resurrected but in this prayer we has said he has accomplished the work.  The work of making God known and the work of holding those who belong to God.  A life of complete obedience. A life that reveals and holds the Justice and Mercy of God.  A life that is Truth and Grace in concert. Jesus is the great confronter and comforter.  This is the completed work.  God is revealed and made known through Jesus life.  

It is hard for me to complete the work that has been given to me. Jesus said that we are to believe.  Believe in him and know God.  Be placed in a right relationship with God through Jesus life.  I want a bigger slice of the pie. I want more credit.  It really isn’t worthy living a right life if i don’t get the pat on the back i think i deserve.  Believe.  It seems to simple.  There must be more.  

Christ has done it and God is glorified.  We are the product of that glory.  We are those who reflect that glory.  Our life is not one of striving for perfection but believing in the perfection that is done.  Our life is not a push toward complete obedience but believing in the obedience accomplished.  We live a life of response.  That is a life of worship.  A life that brings glory.

Action

Practise the art of believing.  It takes trust in order to believe.  Find some friends and do some trust falls.  Have your spouse lead you blindfolded through the house.  Get a group of friends a trust circle.

Lenten Meditation Day 5 2017 First Sunday

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who alone does great wonders,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who made the great lights,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew[a] Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.