Lenten Devotional: Monday, March 25

Psalm 80Psalm 77Psalm 79Jeremiah 7:1-15
Romans 4:1-12
John 7:14-36

I commune with my heart in the night: I meditate and search my spirit.
Psalm 77:6

For me, Lent is a time for reflection and meditation, hopefully, moving me more deeply into my Spiritual Journey. Each of the readings had thoughts for me to ponder.

Jeremiah – A choice given: come to the temple and God will be with you; or trusting deceptive words and actions will bring dire consequences.
Romans – Faith is given as a gift even if it is not deserved.
John – Do not make judgements based on appearances but with careful discernment.
But it is the words from Psalm 77 that spoke to my heart. Psalm 77:6: “I commune with my heart in the night: I meditate and search my spirit.”
That which troubles us makes us anxious for resolution and can feel to be such a burden. We wake in the night and our mind keeps turning over and over. Anxiety feels so much worse in the dark hours. After one such a restless night, I read a prayer during my “Quiet Time” that spoke of God’s assurance for well-being in our lives. I asked for that kind of assurance, hoping to experience a sense of inner peace. I went downstairs, looked out of the window facing east. A magnificent bright orange sunrise greeted me. The assurance I needed.

I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:12

“O God make clear to us each road.
O God make safe to us each step;
When we stumble, hold us;
When we are hard pressed with evil, deliver us;
And bring us at last to Your glory.”

From: Celtic Daily Prayer
Prayers and Readings
From The Northumbria Community