Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 27a

Give me grace, O most merciful God, to remember the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ my Lord, and to draw strength from those memories.
For your fatherly love shown in Jesus Christ your beloved Son,
For His readiness to suffer for our sakes,
For the redemptive passion that filled His heart,
I praise and bless your holy name.
For the power of His cross in the history of the world since He came,
For all who have taken up their own crosses and have followed Him,
For the noble martyrs and for all who are willing to die so that others may live,
For all who suffer striving for noble purposes, for pain bravely endured, for temporal sorrows that have been used for the building up of eternal joys,
I praise and bless your holy name.
O Lord my God, you dwell in pure and blessed serenity beyond the reach of mortal pain, yet look down in unspeakable love and tenderness upon the sorrows of earth. Give me grace, I pray, to understand the meaning of such afflictions and disappointments as I myself am called upon to endure. Deliver me from all anxiety. Let me be wise to draw from every episode in my life the lesson you intend to teach me. Give me a stout heart to bear by own burdens. Give me a willing heart to bear the burdens of others. Give me a believing heart to cast all burdens upon you.

Glory be to you, O Father, and to you, O Christ, and to you, O Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen

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