Lent, Day 8

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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 close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Prayer

• for a yearning to know God and the diligence to seek him

• for a fullness and awareness of the life of God within us

• for family members and friends who struggle with belief

AUDIO VERSION


Evening

SCRIPT VERSION

Reading: Romans 10

“Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Read again slowly. Find a word or phrase that catches your eye or moves your heart. Slowly repeat it. Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, and feelings from your meditation. Enjoy the presence of your Lord and Savior.

Prayer

God of truth, I don’t like to face the mistakes in me—they are ugly and frightening. But avoiding them only gets me tangled deeper in deception. So give me the courage to take an honest look at myself, and may that honesty make me long more and more for your salvation that sets me free from this body of death. In Christ’s name, amen. (BC 15)

Blessing

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

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