March 6, 2020

Scripture Reading: Psalm 22.1-5
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?           

Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;           

and by night, but find no rest.Yet you are holy,           

enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors trusted;           

they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and were saved;  

 in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

  • Today’s morning Psalm is a stark reminder of where we are heading on this Lenten journey: with Christ to the cross. As of today, five weeks stand between Good Friday and us. Before you begin journaling today, I invite you to be silent for a moment before you start writing. Who can you hear crying out of their loneliness, their pain for help? It might be you. Acknowledge in some way in your writing that you can listen to this cry and assure that voice that they are not alone. I believe that Jesus, being a good rabbi and knowing the psalms, would have hoped that those who heard him cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” would also remember that the Psalm goes on to proclaim faith and trust in God. “To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.” In your journal, remember a time when you experienced God’s deliverance. What has God brought you through already in your life that might give you hope today for those who cry out for rest?
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