Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split. Matthew 27:50-51
Thank you for defeating death.
Forgive us Lord.
Help us forgive and love one another.
Forgive me Lord, I sinned against you, my neighbors and myself. I have not loved my sisters or myself as you love me. I’ve sinned.
I am ashamed, have shamed and been shamed.
I’ve been proud and boastful.
Thank you for pulling me out of the ashes. You never hesitate or deny your love. Thank you for gently dusting me off. Thank you for kissing my ash-filled head and wiping my tears. Thank you for loving me despite my sins.
We journey to your cross. Cast our burdens upon your alter. Our sins a pile of ashes.
Praying for a new day, weeping as you sacrifice yourself. We failed your commandments. We failed you. Looking forward to your empty tomb and the promise it holds for everyone you love.
I feel wrapped in your love and forgiveness. Thank you. Amen.
I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:6
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Thank you for defeating death. Forgive us Lord. Help us forgive and love one another. Amen
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other
Merciful Lord Jesus,
following you to the cross is difficult and scary.
We are called like sheep to be led to be slaughtered.
I don’t want to be hated! I want to be loved.
I’ve been betrayed. It hurts!
Comfort my troubled heart with your Word.
Surround us with your mighty angels.
Please don’t let go of me!
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will happen for them.
I cast doubt into the ditch. I want to be decisive. Lord, you are our leader. We follow you to the cross, grateful for your forgiveness. Help push this mountain of doubts and insecurity into the ditch. I trust you Lord. Amen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Trust? I give my heart to you Lord. I place it on your altar. I know you will take much better care of my heart than I ever have. I lean on you. Help make sense of the chaos of this world. Make clear our path to the cross. Our journey is almost over. Amen.