Lent, Day 9

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


Morning

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 28

To you, Lord, I call; you are my rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward you.

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Prayer

• for an abiding wonder at the life of God in us

• for our capacity to suffer with others

• for those who are victims of crime


Evening

Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-6

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

This is good, and pleases God, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.

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

Gracious Lord, thank you for your heart that wishes no one to be left out, but all to be included. Today, we bring to you our family and friends who struggle with the idea of belief. We pray that your Spirit would remind them that they, too are the beloved children of God.

Blessing

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

 

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