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  • Writer's pictureBill Berger

Monday in Holy Week

Pause:

 

As I enter this time of prayer, I put away all distractions, take a deep breath, and listen to what the Holy Spirit is going to speak to me about today.

 

Pray this Psalm, repeating the words slowly, a few times:

 

Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. 3 I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.

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                                                ~Psalm 88:1-3

 

Reflect:

In the final days before his death, Jesus speaks again and again about eternal life. Over the next three days, we are going to do the same, starting with a reading from John 12:23-25


23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

 

[adapted from a message by Pete Grieg] The contemporary Western church at large seems to have little belief in the afterlife. We are so temporal and comfortable. We can perpetuate the delusions of our immortality for longer than any previous generation, but ultimately, we must think about such things. We will be poorer if we do not.

 

Do you ever wonder or imagine what the afterlife will be like?

 

Ask: Take a little time now to imagine the ‘new heavens and new earth’ where ‘there will be no more death, sickness, mourning, or pain, for the order of things has passed away.’ (Revelation 21:4)

 

Prayer: Lord, you alone, know the number of my days. May my life and even one day, my death bring glory to You, both now in this world and in the life to come.

 

(pause)

 

Yield: The hymn, ‘It is Well with My Soul,’ by Horatio Safford:


And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,Even so, it is well with my soul.

 

 

 

 

 

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