Lent daybook, 9: Today, please listen

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

Contemporary, hand-stitched embroidery by Ilaria Margutti (source)

Contemporary, hand-stitched embroidery by Ilaria Margutti (source)

Song for today: The Valley from The Oh Hellos

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

Are you listening, dear people? I’m getting ready to speak;
Israel, I’m about ready to bring you to trial.
This is God, your God,
speaking to you.
Remember that God said,

Exasperated, I vowed,
‘They’ll never get where they’re going,
never be able to sit down and rest.’

God made that vow, even though he’d finished his part before the foundation of the world. Somewhere it’s written, ‘God rested the seventh day, having completed his work,’ but in this other text he says, ‘They’ll never be able to sit down and rest.’ So this promise has not yet been fulfilled. Those earlier ones never did get to the place of rest because they were disobedient. God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today, just as he did in David’s psalm, centuries later than the original invitation:

Today, please listen,
don’t turn a deaf ear . . .
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
— Psalm 50:7 * Hebrews 4:1-10 * John 3:16-18 (MSG)

Prayer for today:

God of Spirit and Truth, you give us truth so large that we know it has to be true everywhere, all the time, and for everybody - or it is not your truth. Open our ears to your truth. Give us hearts and minds that can stand humbly and patiently before such truth. May we fasten it on the doorposts, plant it in our hearts, and bring the blessings of your bread and wine, and your living water, to a hungry world. Amen.
— Richard Rohr, OFM, "God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter"

Spiritual practice for today: 

This week, ask God to boldly work in your life so that you might be a blessing to someone else. Ask him specifically in a way that will stretch you beyond your own limits and abilities. Trust that God will put someone in mind from work, school, or your family that is in need of the compassion and love of God through your words and actions. (source)

(see all Lent daybook posts from 2016 here)