I have been enjoying this simple page of Lenten reflections, and thought I’d share it with you all. It always takes a while to load on my computer, so I just position the cursor someplace and wait . . . and whichever questions it lands on, I spend some time in prayerful thought with it. It reminded me of being a child, when I would open up a Bible and read whatever passage appeared there, as a message to me. It comes on my computer as a pretty PDF with colors and images, but I can’t seem to make it work on WordPress. It is the words that matter, after all! So here they are:
Jesus’ Seven Last Words & Eight Words of Easter
Spend a week with each “word” as you journey through this holy season.
“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” What door to forgiveness for moral wrongdoing in my life do these words open to me?
“Today you will be with me in Paradise.” What wounded part of my life needs the encouragement and healing of this word?
“Woman, behold your son. … Behold, your mother.” Whom have I had to release to the hard work of dying? What has that letting go been like for me?
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” How might this word, from Psalm 22, be inviting me to deeper relationship with Jesus and his Father through the Psalms?
“I thirst.” What interior thirst of my own becomes more apparent to me with this word?
“It is finished.” Is my own mission clear enough to allow me to say, with Jesus, “It is finished”? What is this mission?
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” What might be my final words? What will I most want to express with my final breath?
“Woman, why are you weeping?” What irreversible loss have I grieved in my life?What loss have I not yet grieved?“
“Go tell my brothers.” In what troubled situation in my life have I been astonished to suddenly encounter the Lord?
“Stop holding on to me.” What too small understanding of the risen Lord must Ilet go in order to receive what he desires to give me?
“What are you discussing as you walk along?” When have my eyes and my understanding been unexpectedly opened to the Lord’s presence?
“Peace be with you.” What situation that has me in the grip of fear might be ready to shift through faith and grace?
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” What restrictions do I set around my availability to the Lord? What courageous first step must I take to live generously for the reign of God?
“Receive the holy Spirit.” When did I last breathe in, deeply and intentionally, the holy Spirit of the risen Lord? Do I have the courage to do it now?
“Go, therefore, and make disciples.” What does my discipleship look like—not as I wish it were, but as it actually is?
Excerpts from Seven Last Words and Eight Words of Easter, by Mary Sharon Moore. Reprinted with permission of the author. © Mary Sharon Moore, 2013. All Rights Reserved.