Lent, Day 2

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Today’s morning and evening meditations are available below in script and audio forms. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.


Morning

SCRIPT VERSION

Invitation

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” (Psalm 145:8)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 51

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that they turn back to you.

Prayer

• for spiritual renewal in this season of Lent

• for a deep change of heart and mind

• for a genuine humility

AUDIO VERSION


Evening

SCRIPT VERSION

Reading: Isaiah 58:5-7

“Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every bond? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Leisurely read again. Is there a word or idea that stirred within you? Linger over it and give it your attention. Is there something about the reading you’d like to ask God about? Pray your life to God. Take a moment to rest in God’s presence.

Prayer

Living God, I confess I have crossed your commandments of life; by my sin I’ve willingly separated myself from you, my true life. I’m damaged goods. My guilt hangs like dead weight in my heart; I can feel the sentence of death in my body and soul. There is no health in me. Lord, have mercy. Amen. (BC 14)

Blessing

Redeem us from all wickedness, purify us and make us your very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:14)

AUDIO VERSION

 

About Lent

Lent is a season of preparation and discipline, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes at sun-down on Holy Saturday.

During the forty weekdays and six Sundays in Lent, the church remembers the sacrificial life and ministry of Jesus leading to the cross and renews its commitment to Christian discipleship.

Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism