As Jesus hung on the cross Jesus spoke: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46). Feeling “forsaken” is something most of us have experienced in our lives.
When those days come, I offer this prayer from Dr. Leonard Sweet:
Draw me today into fresh encounters with Jesus, O God.
Make me a servant of love
so that others may know how much You love them
and I may know how much You love me.
Let me not be afraid of new pastures,
whether they be green or brown or parched.
And as I pass through whatever the day’s valleys,
keep my head lifted up to the mountain,
from whence my help comes.
Never let me forget the people Jesus welcomed…
the greedy and the great,
the bad and the good,
the respected and the cheats.
Even as the world becomes more callous and chaotic,
may I never underestimate Your capacity
to fashion the miraculous from the monstrous,
even to make me a choice masterpiece
from the mire and the clay.
(written by Leonard Sweet, posted on Preach the Story. https://preachthestory.com)
Speaking these words from the cross, Jesus is teaching us the truth behind Psalm 22; God is with us, God is for us! I look forward to seeing you in Church.