Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Holy Week: Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

Jeremiah 15:10-21

God offers this word to the broken hearted, to the tired, to weary: return. Return to me. Come back home and you will find newness of life and purpose and life. Instead of just the actions and the movements of religion, we will find the heart of religion. Oh God, restore our hearts that we may life in your life.

When we take that step back towards life, we find our God there, waiting on us, wanting to give us life and joy and peace. These things we find missing everywhere else we turn. We find in our lives a hole that these others can't fill.

Out of our hole, God makes us whole. Today, won't we each turn and live?

New Testament Lesson

Philippians 3:15-21

Where is our mind today? Is it set on the things above? Or the things below? If it is on the things above, we will find life, we will find our bodies and souls renewed. If it is on the things below, we fill find only that hole that we are trying to fill with things other than God. We are citizens of heaven! We are children of the king! We can know the glories of His richness and live! We don't have to settle for a life that is not alive. We can live a bold, amazing life. Through His grace. Today.

May we place our minds on the things of God. And in that, may we live.

Gospel Lesson

John 12:20-26

If we seek to hold onto our lives, we will lose them. But, if we lose them for the sake of the Gospel, we will know true life. Today, let go. Let go of your life, of your worries, of your fears, of your trials, of your struggles, of all these things.

And give them to God. Let go of your life. And find and even greater life through His grace. Let us not settle for that which is not true life. Let us only settle for Christ, and for His life.

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