Mar. 6 – Wednesday                                        Read Psalm 28:1-2, 6-9

To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me, for if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. Hear the voice of my supplication, as I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

Blessed be the LORD, for he has heard the sound of my pleadings. The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

 

from Kenneth Hardway, First Christian Church, Wheeling

and Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adults  

            The realities of the Way of Christ are fundamentally two-fold: we are forever lost on our own, and we are forever found by the grace of God.  Lent offers us a chance to mature by exploring the former, so as to give greater shouts of Easter Alleluia for the latter.

So how should we pray during Lent?  The Psalmist invites us to consider our posture of prayer—with hands lifted up towards God.

Have you ever prayed with your hands in the air?  Try it.  It may feel silly, at first.  It may be a little out of your comfort zone.  Yet in reaching out to God, in body and in soul, you say to the Lord simultaneously, “I am lost, and I am found.”  Perhaps the most mature Christians are the ones who look like children, reaching out to someone who can both help them and hold them.

We lift our whole-selves up to you, O God—

the one who holds us and calls us forth.

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