Lent, Day 19

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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

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 26

Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.

Do not take my soul away.

Prayer

• for our national and local communities

• for the continent of South America

• for the poor and local poverty issues


Evening

Reading: John 2:13-22

When it was almost time for the Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Leisurely read again. Is there a word or idea that stirs 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

God of justice, I want to judge when I see the regularity of evil in the world. Thank you that you are merciful, both now and in eternity. When the tables are turned, I see that I am every bit as deserving of judgement, so I pray for mercy. Amen.

Blessing

“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them.” (Psalm 32:1-2)

 

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