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Calm Amidst the Chaos

GOOD FRIDAY MOMENTS OF MEDITATION For Individuals and Families Sheltering in Place

You may want to do this indoors.  Or you may want to go outdoors and stop to do the reading and then  walk while you consider the reflections.)

QUIETING YOUR SPIRIT – If you are indoors, light a candle.

Take a moment to settle in to the quiet indoors or to just stand still outdoors.  Notice the chattering of your thoughts and any worries that may be disturbing your sense of peace.  Take a deep breath and prayerfully give those things to God asking for the grace to be fully present in the moment.

PRAYER

God of mercy and grace, grant that I may see you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly day by day. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING: John 18:33-40

REFLECTION: The crowd chose the thief, Barabbas, over Jesus.  You are confronted with choices every day.   Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) How do you continue to choose Jesus over that which would “steal and kill and destroy?”

SCRIPTURE READING: John 19:1-16

REFLECTION: Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent, and yet, to keep the peace, he handed Jesus over to be crucified.  It is not always easy to do what is right.  When have you or someone you know chosen to do the difficult thing that was nonetheless the right thing?

SCRIPTURE READING: John 19:17-27

REFLECTION: In your imagination, stand near the cross on that dark day.  Note the faces of Jesus’ mother and his friends, the attitude of the soldiers, the voices of those standing by insulting Jesus.  What do you see, hear, smell?  What are you feeling?

SCRIPTURE READING: John 19: 28-30

REFLECTION: Jesus gave all that he could give and was faithful to the end.  He completed the work of love and salvation and, at the end, with his dying breath he said, “It is finished.” – a cry of victory.  The Apostle Paul, in writing to Christians in the city of Philippi said, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)  If you are still alive, Jesus still has something to do with and through you.  What one thing does He want to do with or through you or a group you are part of?  How will you cooperate in this good work?

CLOSING BLESSING: May Jesus Christ, who for your sake became obedient even to death on a cross, keep you and strengthen you, now and forever.  Amen.

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