Monday 10 April
That feeling of emptiness, that dropping sensation in the pit of your stomach, when everything suddenly changes and what you felt was supremely positive and enlivening is overtaken by gloom and despondency. Jesus entered into Jerusalem and was hailed as a victorious king/messiah. How it must have pained him that everything was about to be reversed. Yet His face was set, Jesus knew what the highs and the lows of the next few days.
Question: What are your ‘highs’, what are your ‘lows’ at the moment?
Prayer: Lord, in this holiest of weeks help me to realise my life as I reflect on your last days. How do I mark my ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ against yours? Amen
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Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45
Friday 31 March
John 11:43, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ Come out of the dark, come out from the touch and stink of death, come out of the emptiness and shadow of the underworld into the light, into the air, and live. David, Simon, Susan, Brenda ……. Whoever you are, Jesus is calling you – come out from darkness into the light, emerge from the chrysalis like the beautiful, yet fragile butterfly and live……If only it were that easy, to ‘come out’ takes courage, it takes courage to open yourself and to trust that others won’t use your vulnerability and squash the emerging self. Come out & live, is different to come out & wish you could go back because you are afraid. It’s perfect, unconditional love that casts out fear & perfect, unconditional love is what we have to offer because it is what God in Jesus offers us. But, oh it’s hard – and our faltering failure injures others.
Prayer: Lord I know that coming out to freedom is costly. Grant me the grace and strength to hear your voice and follow you.
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