Day 34: Passion

Put yourself in that impassioned scene,

Atop that hill longing for green.

Sorrow drips from two old crossbeams;

Sins from all hemmed in bloodstained seams.

In one last breath, His life, He gives;

Oh, but death cannot hold what through us lives.

Now remember as you climb your own steep hill,

 

                that The Way there blooms

                through Him was tilled.

 

Before you begin your day:

Have you surrendered all troubles to Him? Upon that cross, you engraved your worries, doubts, and sufferings. Now, we are here. Look up:

 

At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. (Luke 23: 44)

Have you ever experienced complete blackout inflict your soul? Let darkness surround - even suffocate - you. Breathe in the stifling air. Feel doubt and despair creep into your mind. Where is the Lord in my time of need? Why can I not feel His presence? Why will He not lift this darkness from me?   

 

And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which translated is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  (Mark 15: 34) 

Do you feel God's abandonment? Are the walls collapsing upon your troubled heart? Is loneliness the only companion taunting you? You scream - nothing! Allow the Lord to answer you with lines from Psalm 22, which He proclaims in this moment to comfort, not distress:

 

My Child, my Child, why have you forsaken me?

Why so far from my answer to help,

from my cries of anguish?

Many bullish worries surround you;

fierce torment grazes upon you.

For, I proclaim your name to my Father;

in the assembly of angels, I praise you:

To all the ends of the earth,

remember, return to the LORD. 

To all the offspring of your sorrow,

abandon this child, and bow low before Me. 

(adapted from Psalm 22)

 

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23: 46) 

Breathe out; let go. Breathe in; Him. Breathe out; let go. Breathe in; Him. Breathe out; let go. Breathe in; Him.  

 

Then the veil of the temple tore down the middle. (Mark 15: 38)

Do you feel unworthy of His love, of His forgiveness; of His unceasing aid? Allow that veil to become ripped from your sinful soul. God is here, right now. He is here! He looks at YOU - sins and all!

 

 When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last, he said,

“Truly this man IS the Son of God! (Mark 15: 39)

 

During your day:

But you, LORD, do not stay far off;

my strength, come quickly to help me.

Deliver my soul from the sword,

my life from the grip of the dog.

Save me from the lion’s mouth,

my poor life from the horns of wild bulls.m

(Psalm 22: 20-22)

 

Read any of the Gospel accounts of The Death of Jesus:

Luke 23: 44-49; Mark 15: 33-40; Matthew 27: 45-56; and/or Psalm 22 (the word Jesus quotes from the Cross)

 

Throughout your day:

INHALE: I follow.

EXHALE: You lead.

(repeat as many times as needed)

 

Before you end your day:

Put me in that impassioned scene,

Atop that hill longing for green. When

Sorrow drips from two old crossbeams; when

Sins from me are hemmed in bloodstained seams. Remind me,

In one last breath, Your life, You give; sing,

Oh, but death cannot hold what through you lives.

Now remember as you climb your own steep hill,

 

                it is The Way there blooms

                through Me - forever tilled.

Amen.​

 

Goodnight; sleep well; know you are blessed.

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