Monday, March 28, 2011

A Lenten Journey - Redemption

The poem "A Lenten Journey - A Modern-Day Psalm" has been divided into weekly devotions consisting of a short Lenten meditation followed by a Celebratory Praise. Take some time during the week to reflect on the Lenten meditation—see if you can find some part of yourself in the words and then have a heart to heart conversation with God about it. Then on Sunday, take some time to celebrate the love and grace God has lavished on you. (The poem in its entirety will be posted on Easter Sunday.)


(REDEMPTION)

Savior – Redeem me.
Redeem my life and my soul.
Only Your sinless life
and sacrificial death on the cross
will satisfy the death sentence that sin demands.
Only Your righteousness for my ungodliness
will bring me into the Father’s presence
with praises on my lips and joy in my heart
rather than tears of fright and fear of punishment.

(FOURTH SUNDAY DURING LENT)
Rejoice! Praise the God of heaven and rejoice
for the Lord has redeemed my soul.
He has reached out to me in His love
with grace and blessings.
He has called me His own!


About the picture:
North Park, PA (August 09)

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Lenten Journey - Forgiveness

The poem "A Lenten Journey - A Modern-Day Psalm" has been divided into weekly devotions consisting of a short Lenten meditation followed by a Celebratory Praise. Take some time during the week to reflect on the Lenten meditation—see if you can find some part of yourself in the words and then have a heart to heart conversation with God about it. Then on Sunday, take some time to celebrate the love and grace God has lavished on you. (The poem in its entirety will be posted on Easter Sunday.)


(FORGIVENESS)
Lord Jesus, I come to You broken and penitent.
Forgive me, Oh Lord – forgive.
Take my sins,
my awful horrendous sins,
and remember them no more.
Strip the guilt and shame from my soul, O God
and grow in me a new heart.
One filled with love and devotion for You.

(THIRD SUNDAY DURING LENT)
Rejoice! Praise the God of heaven and rejoice
for the Lord has forgiven my sins.
He has reached out to me in His love
with grace and blessings.
He has called me His own!


About the picture:
North Park, PA (May 2010)

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Lenten Journey - Confession

The poem "A Lenten Journey - A Modern-Day Psalm" has been divided into weekly devotions consisting of a short Lenten meditation followed by a Celebratory Praise. Take some time during the week to reflect on the Lenten meditation—see if you can find some part of yourself in the words and then have a heart to heart conversation with God about it. Then on Sunday, take some time to celebrate the love and grace God has lavished on you. (The poem in its entirety will be posted on Easter Sunday.)



(CONFESSION)
Sin permeates my flesh, Oh Lord.
I have sought my own pleasure,
my own pride, and my own desires.
Instead of seeking Your face, Your will –
I closed my fist around all I had.
I scorned and mocked You when I should have served You.
I turned my back to You when I should have loved You.
The sin in my heart disdained Your holiness
and I hid from the light of Your glory.


(SECOND SUNDAY DURING LENT)
Rejoice! Praise the God of heaven and rejoice
for the Lord has heard my confession.
He has reached out to me in His love
with grace and blessings.
He has called me His own!


About the picture:
North Park, PA (May 2010)

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Lenten Journey - Ash Wednesday

The poem "A Lenten Journey - A Modern-Day Psalm" has been divided into weekly devotions consisting of a short Lenten meditation followed by a Celebratory Praise. Take some time during the week to reflect on the Lenten meditation—see if you can find some part of yourself in the words and then have a heart to heart conversation with God about it. Then on Sunday, take some time to celebrate the love and grace God has lavished on you. (The poem in its entirety will be posted on Easter Sunday.)


(ASH WEDNESDAY)
Against Almighty God alone I have sinned.
Heap ashes upon my wretched head
and cover my shame with sackcloth
for I come to You O Lord on my knees.
I hide my face from Your holiness.
I am a sinner.
Oh, Father – forgive.
Death is my due.
Forever apart from Your glory.
In anguish my heart cries out to You.


(FIRST SUNDAY DURING LENT)
Rejoice! Praise the God of heaven and rejoice
for the Lord has heard my cry.
He has reached out to me in His love
with grace and blessings.
He has called me His own!


About the picture:
North Park, PA (May 2010)

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Lenten Journey - A Modern-Day Psalm

Won’t you join me on a Lenten journey? Over the last few weeks, I was inspired to write what could be described as an epic poem. It tells the story of a spiritual journey through Lent in 14 stanzas that takes a person from Ash Wednesday through Easter morning.

Lent is a time of reflection and recommitment. Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day period of Lent during which we remember our sinfulness, repent, ask God's forgiveness, and recognize that God's forgiveness comes at a great price—the death of Christ on the cross on our behalf. The 40-day Lenten season takes place over the course of 46 days. This occurs because Sundays are not included in the Lenten Season—Sunday, sometimes referred to as a mini-Easter, is always to be a celebration of Christ's glorious resurrection.

My poem – “A Lenten Journey – A Modern-Day Psalm” – will be divided into weekly devotions consisting of a short Lenten meditation followed by a Celebratory Praise which will be posted each Monday (replacing the usual Friday post-time) through the Lenten season beginning March 7th.

I suggest you take some time during the week to reflect on the Lenten meditation—see if you can find some part of yourself in the words and then have a heart to heart conversation with God about it. Then on Sunday, take some time to celebrate the love and grace God has lavished on you. The poem in its entirety will be posted on Easter Sunday allowing the opportunity for us to look back on the journey we’ve taken together and to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with a heart full of gratitude and love!

May you be blessed in the journey!
Maureen

About the picture:
North Park, PA (August 2009)