Good Friday, April 2

Lenten Meditations 2012

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Good Friday, April 2

Psalm 95** & 22; Lam. 3:1-9; 1 Pet. 1:10-20; John 13:36-38** John 19:38-42***

** Intended for use in the morning
*** Intended for use in the evening

Where do I begin….I had no clue. When asked a couple of months ago if I would consider writing a meditation to be included in the Lenten booklet, I immediately said yes. Why did I do that? I had to meditate over certain writings to be provided to me and then put my thoughts into words. Had I bitten off more than I could chew? So many more people at church are better read, more literate in the scripture then me. But I said yes…so I began to read. I was instructed to read the multiple passages over and over for several days and I would find what to say…..Okay!!

The first reading I tried was Lamentations 3:1-9. Okay, the more I read the more I could not relate. The passages were doom and gloom. Verse 7 “He has walled me in, and I can not escape.” Never felt that. “He has bound me in heavy chains.” Lamentations was not a reading I could relate to.

Then I went to the Psalm 95:1-11and Psalm 22:1-31. I usually like reading Psalms – short, to the point and usually not too heavy. Well okay, Psalm 95 was not that light- hearted. Speaking of how Israel had hardened their hearts to the Lord and in his anger “They will never enter my place of rest.” So I moved on the Psalm 22. This writing was more to my taste. But still nothing that I thought I could lose myself in. From there I moved to John 19:38-42 nothing struck me. Then Peter 1:10-20. Okay, this was getting closer, but still not it.

Finally, I read John 13:36-38. Who couldn’t relate and understand this writing? Verse 38: “Jesus answered, “Die for me, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times you even know me.” Who hasn’t denied someone they loved? But the more I read this passage, the verse that kept speaking to me was verse 36: “Simon Peter said. Lord where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can not go with me now but you can follow me later.”

How many times has someone we loved left us and we so badly wanted to follow? Simon Peter loved the Lord. Yet Peter was told he must remain behind. We all remain behind for a while. We all have a reason to remain behind. Hopefully, not always to deny those we love. But to make a better place for those we will later leave behind one day.

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