Sunday, March 21, 2010

Week 2 - Reflection

Please spend the today and tomorrow on reflection and meditation on the following that Nancy has written for us, and then we will begin Week 3 on Friday, March 26th.

REFLECTION
Remove distractions from your crowded mind, and ask Jesus to reveal himself to you as a Man of Sorrows.

Enjoy his companionship in the loneliness of your grief.

Experience the comfort of Jesus, a worthy companion in sorrow.

Let him love you, and love him in return.

See him struggle with and submit to God's perfect plan that includes suffering, and seek to follow his example.

MEDITATION
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver him out of death. And God heard his prayers because of his reverence for God. So even though Jesus was God's son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. - Hebrews 5:7-8

As you read through these verses, picture Jesus praying and pleading with his Father. See his tears and hear his cries.

Allow yourself to feel the companionship of Jesus in your tears, in your submission to God's plan, and in your obedience to God's instruction.

PRAYER
Praise God for his perfect plan of redemption that included the suffering and death of his Son.

Thank God for his tears of compassion and shared sorrow for those he loves who grieve.

Intercede for those facing the ultimate tragedy over the rejection of God's love and the refusal to repent.

Confess your own struggle to accept God's plan that has caused you pain.

Petition God to fill you with his Spirit so that you can forgive those who have abandoned you in your time of sorrow and suffering.

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