Lent Daybook, 31: Hearts

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you?  (see previous Lent daybook 2018 posts here)

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    111TH STREET JESUS  by Kent Twitchell ( source )  Tiger Liquor Store, corner of Vermont Avenue at 111th Streets, Los Angeles 1984. Painted out circa 1999. (H/T:  Image Journal )


111TH STREET JESUS by Kent Twitchell (source)

Tiger Liquor Store, corner of Vermont Avenue at 111th Streets, Los Angeles 1984. Painted out circa 1999. (H/T: Image Journal)

music for today: "Jesus Loves Me", Page CXVI (lyrics & chord charts)


In this official video for the song Jesus Loves Me, Page CXVI set out to capture what a tiny portion of what the Body Of Christ looks like. We asked people to show us what it looks like to be loved by Jesus.

all readings* for today: Exodus 7:8-24, Psalm 119:145-176, 2 Corinthians 2:14--3:6, Mark 10:1-16


So Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said. Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart.”


”Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
O Lord, according to your justice give me life.
They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
they are far from your law.
But you are near, O Lord,
and all your commandments are true.
Long have I known from your testimonies
that you have founded them forever.”


”You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”


”Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
— Exodus 7:22b-23 * Psalm 119:149-152 * 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 * Mark 10:15 (ESV)

* Monday - Thursday Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 2). On Fridays, I'll include the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday which are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B).

prayer for today from Evening Prayers For Every Day of the Year by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt :

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:14–15, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, how shall we thank you for all you give to us, your children, for the great wisdom and power you hold in readiness for us if we are childlike? We want to be glad in your presence. We do not want to weep and complain, though tears often threaten to come. We simply want to ask you to protect us, your children. Protect all your children on earth. Let the pain that breaks over them be taken away, for the sake of the whole world. Even when we must follow a hard road, let all the suffering we endure become part of the fight that brings in the kingdom of heaven, bringing your purpose to the earth and great mercy to the peoples, bringing to all the world the wonderful forgiveness that enables men to be reborn, until at last all are called your children. Sustain us. Help us. Bless us. May the Savior always live among us, reviving and strengthening us in body and soul. Amen.
— Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt


Spiritual practice for today:

Consider your ‘media diet.’ What television, internet, books, magazines, newspapers, etc. do you consume? Where do you get your news? This week try eliminating one or two of these media from your life so you can listen to God better.

(see all Lent daybook posts from 2017 here)