It Is Finished (Week 3): SUNDAY
With all the noise in the world, do you hear the voice of God? Your calendar tells you what to do, but do you remember who you are? Being comes before doing. This is a call to put first things first. Return to the Lord with this daily pattern of prayer and devotion. Set aside this time as a sanctuary. Find a space free of distraction and follow this pattern.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O God, everyone is from somewhere. But I’m in the middle of nowhere. I am a nobody. But you call my name, and I am somebody. Lord, do not forsake me. If no one else knows my name, I simply ask, call mine. Know me. Then I’m somebody. Amen.
Lord, I am a hollow tree. There is an empty space inside me. Gone is the passion and the energy. All that remains is an echo of what once was. Have you left me? Am I alone? I am a corpse without you. Lord, I am a hollow tree. Only you can fill the empty.
Word: Romans 6:5
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Traditionally, in the season of Lent, Sundays are a reprieve. They function as “little Easters” to give us hope along our Lenten journey. Lent can be gritty and grimy. We pause to lift our heads to see further down the road. There is light on the horizon. Easter reality. Today, consider this word from St. Paul:
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:5)
Think of an element that binds two things together. Velcro. Glue. A tight knot. Nails. More closely than such items, we are bound to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We are so intimately connected to him that when he died, we died. And when he was raised from death, we were also raised to newness of life.
In baptism we die and rise with Christ. Baptism is the pattern of our every day. Every day, some things have to die, to be left behind. Think about a sin that needs to be left behind. And every day, we are raised to new life. What new will emerge today?
From Hebrews 13:5-6: “He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Come, O Lord, Amen.
*Today's devotion is taken from It Is Finished by Jeff Cloeter, published by CTA – Christ to All at ctainc.com