Lent 03•22•2021: Show Me The Way

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

As we entering into Passion Week, I wanted to share a song that has been a favorite of mine, I have provided the lyrics so you can read them before hearing the song. I also found a video cover of the song. The original is my favorite but the cover video is softer and has less background music in it so you are able to hear the words as well as feel them. I will also post the original at the bottom of my post for anyone interested in listening to it. The words of the song are very powerful and speak to my heart. A very dear friend (JJ) introduced this artist and her music to me, I encourage you to check out more of her music for yourself.

“This Mystery” Lyrics
by Nichole Nordeman
from the album Icon

(Chorus)

Do You wish
Do You want
Us to breathe again?
Say goodbye
To the lines
That we’ve colored in
Brown and grey
From day to day, oh
Do You cry
Do You hope
For all things made new?
Try and try
To invoke us
To live in You
That we might be
The hands and feet
Of this mystery

(Verses)

Say goodnight
To the light
Of the setting sun

One more day
One more way
Of keeping track
Of all I’ve done

I run this race
Keep this pace
I’m doing fine
And I won’t stop
Until each box
Gets checked a second time

And life becomes
The round and round
Revolving door
That won’t slow down
It won’t slow down

This routine
Is nice and clean 
From dawn to dusk
I rise and rest
I do my best
When will it ever be enough?

And life becomes
The bigger noise
Drowning out
Your little voice
Your little voice, Jesus

We take stock
And we punch the clock
And we make sure all those zeros
Have balanced in the end

Friends —

The story of God, is he loves you: yes, you the person reading this: God Loves You!

“Passion Week” — This name represents the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross. He did this to pay for our sins — the sins of all of His people. It is because of the “Passion” week and the events of Jesus’ final days with the disciples that we are able to understand and learn of compassion.

“Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.” — Luke 6:36 (NJB)

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” — Psalm 103:13-14 (NIV)

And there’s more to the story, God’s son Jesus loves you (us) too, so much that he committed himself to live in solidarity with us. Jesus shares in our joys and pains, to defend and protect us, and to suffer all of life with us. God is moved by our pains and participates in the fullness of the human struggle.(1).

The Bible is filled with answers we seek, but we must be willing to open the book and turn the pages. “God-With-Us” is real, God is not far away from us, we have been blessed with the Holy Spirit and Jesus lived among us, God created us. Isn’t this the most beautiful of love stories!

— Matthew 1:23 (NIV) —

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us.”)

— Psalm 145:18 (NIV) —

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

— 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) —

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

— Psalm 119:73 (NIV) —

“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.”

☀️ ❤️🟧💛🟩💙🟪🖤⬜️🤎 ☀️

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Folding Prayer – Day 29

Fold paper cranes (or other origami) and pray for someone. If you are able, give them what you created.

🔹 Prayer 🔹

Lord, you have not come to judge the world,

but to save the world;

anyone who rejects you and refuses your words

has his judge already:

the word itself that you have spoken

will be his judge on the last day.

— After John 12:47-48

In Jesus, God’s compassion was made visible to us, Jesus was the concrete embodiment of divine compassion in the world. (Psalm 103:13-14). Jesus’ response to those in need (the hungry, the blind, widows, those suffering) flowed from the divine compassion which led God to become one of us. We need to pay close attention to Jesus’ words and actions of we are to gain insight into the mystery of this divine compassion.(2). Neither history nor the Bible tell us that Jesus cured every person with a sickness or all the tormented individuals; however, we do have stories of incredible faith that lead to healing throughout the New Testament. Henri Nouwen says this in response to this; “What is important here is not the cure of the sick, but the deep compassion that moved Jesus to these cures.”(3).

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing 

(1) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 103, paragraph 1, 2, 3. (Paraphrased)

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 104, paragraph 2.

(3) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 104, paragraph 2.

https://biblehub.com/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

http://www.michelangelo.net/jonah/

(NIV) New International Version Bible/Translation 

(NRSVA) New Revised Standard Version Apocrypha 

(NJBV) New Jerusalem Bible Version/Translation

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