(Day Twenty-six)Daily Lenten Devotional
Thursday, March 30th (Day Twenty-six)
I pray for the courage to walk with Jesus Christ and to be with him in his passion and death.
The First Song of the Suffering Servant, Isaiah 42:1-4
1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving, healing gaze come over you. Offer yourself completely to God.
2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
3. Read Isaiah 42:1-4 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:
As I meditate on these verses I see the love that each person of the Trinity have for one another. Love in perichoretical union. Rublev’s icon comes to mind. There is a palpable sense of compassion as God deeply desires the return of the many prodigal’s. Jesus becomes visible to me as the Son of God, moving forward, ready to bring good news to all humanity. I see immense love in the eyes of Christ Jesus. There is clear determination without condemnation in these Holy eyes. I sense the Lord’s desire for the restoration of creation. Union and shalom come to mind. Yet, I can sense that this is no easy task. Strangely, I find myself wanting to ask God if God is Ok. I see no reticence but I do feel that the Lord expects rejection and great pain. Joy in the mission but fully aware of the cost is the best way I can describe what I feel in God. Jesus was about to become susceptible to all the pain of being human. God’s sacrifice strikes me deeply, as I watch Jesus move from the perfect, beautiful Trinitarian community into a violent, hate-filled world. As he goes he turns to me and smiles, lowers his head and disappears from sight. Yet, somehow I know that the Trinitarian connection remains. However, I feel that something has changed; not in the essence of God but in the heart of God as the Son goes about the great mission to save humanity.