Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 16p

O God whose eternal love for your weak and struggling children was most perfectly shown forth in the blessed life and death of Jesus Christ our Lord, enable me to meditate upon my Lord's passion. Grant that, having fellowship with Him in His sorrow, I may also learn the secret of His strength and peace.

I remember Gethsemane:
I remember how Judas betrayed Him:
I remember how Peter denied Him:
I remember how they all deserted Him and fled:
I remember the scourging:
I remember the crown of thorns:
I remember how they spat upon Him:
I remember how they struck Him on the head:
I remember His pierced hands and feet:
I remember His agony on the Cross:
I remember His thirst:
I remember how He cried, My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?
We may not know, we cannot tell,
What pains He had to bear; 
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.[1]

Grant, O most gracious God, that as I kneel before you I may be embraced in the great company of saints to whom life and salvation have come through the Cross of Christ. Let the redeeming power that has flowed from His sufferings throughout the generations flow now into my soul. Here let me find forgiveness of sin. Here let me learn to share with Christ the burden of the suffering of the world. Amen.

Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons

[1] “There Is A Green Hill Far Away”, Cecil F. Alexander, George C. Stebbins