Lent, Day 21

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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 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 sink. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help.

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 a deeper understanding of the love of God for all people

• for those living in poverty and suffering injustice

• for those who are struggling with addiction


Evening

Reading: Isaiah 55

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come and eat. Come drink wine and milk free of charge.

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.

Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting contract with you, my faithful love promised to your ancestors.

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Remind yourself you are in God’s presence and read again. Notice how God might be speaking to you through the words. Dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you. Let your heart respond to God in prayer. Be refreshed in God’s presence.

Prayer

True God, who can save? So many pretenders serve up hollow promises, but it’s all foolishness. No one else can rescue me. No program can make me safe. Turn me again to you, my only hope. 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