Lent daybook, 37: A spirit of stupor

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. (You can see previous Lent daybook 2017 posts here)

Lunch by George Tooker (source)

Lunch by George Tooker (source)


Song for today: Teach Me to Know by The Lone Bellow

Listen to all of the Lent Daybook 2017 songs at this playlist on Spotify:  Lent 2017


What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written,
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that would not see
and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.”
And David says,

“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
and bend their backs forever.
*
Jesus said, “I’m only quoting your inspired Scriptures, where God said, ‘I tell you—you are gods.’ If God called your ancestors ‘gods’—and Scripture doesn’t lie—why do you yell, ‘Blasphemer! Blasphemer!’ at the unique One the Father consecrated and sent into the world, just because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”

They tried yet again to arrest him, but he slipped through their fingers.
— Romans 11:7-10 (ESV) * John 10:34-39a (MSG)

Prayer for today:

May God himself order my days and make them acceptable in his sight. Blessed be the Lord always, my strength and my redeemer.
— The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime by Phyllis Tickle

Spiritual practice for today:

This week, fast criticism. From the clerk moving slowly to the homeless vet on the streets, consider carefully that Jesus knows them by name. Today, seek to know more, assume less, and air prayers for Jesus' "least of these" boldly in the presence of your shared Father God. (source: 40 Days of Decrease)


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2016 here