Holy Week – Wednesday Prayer
God of love,
My prayer is simple:
Your son, Jesus, suffered and died for me.
I know only
that I cannot have real strength
unless I rely on you.
I cannot feel protected
from my many weaknesses
until I turn to you
for forgiveness and your unalterable love.
Help me to share this
strength, protection and love with others.
Please stay with me
as I struggle to see
how accepting the crosses of my life
will free me from the power
of the one who wants only
to destroy my love and trust in you.
Help me to be humble and accepting
like your son, Jesus.
I want to turn to you
with the same trust he had in your love.
Save me, Lord. Only you can save me. Amen.
Don’t worry about simplicity either
It is important that we do not add more clutter to our minds in our effort for simplicity – Should I be doing more? Am I doing this right? Feeling burdened by the thought of what needs pruning will only make simplicity into another task on our ever-growing list.
Start where you are, every single day. We are seeking a life with our heavenly father and his mercies are new every morning. Every day is an opportunity, even just within ourself in the the smallest way, to simplify – in the words we use to others, in how we manage our time, etc.
Any amount of time counts. Life is full of seasons, and whatever it is that you have been trying to put to death this lenten season, whatever distraction(s) you have identified in your life, may not be something that continues forever. Examine your heart after each practice or discipline that God is calling you to.
Don’t compare with others. Our goal is to listen to God, not to gauge our simplicity practices on what others are doing. Some people may declutter their possessions very quickly, some may start a garden or new practice of rest, some may reduce down to one car, etc. If a simplicity practice of someone else catches your heart, pray that God would make it clear to you that this is where He is preparing you to go as well, instead of it being the pressure of comparison.
Verses of the Day
Matthew 13: 1-9
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach.
3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.
7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9He who has ears, let him hear.”
Matthew 13: 31-32
31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.
32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
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