Fragrance of Good Friday Prayer

"Lord, I was wakened by the cardinals singing. Day off work. I also heard the roar and clatter of the neighbourhood garbage truck. Some must still work. Some might even vote today, if desired. I imagine the churches meeting in observance. The larger number of the community still wondering why things must slow down. Still wondering why something so bloody could ever be named "Good".

The "good", of course is in your intentions, Father. Is in the obedient record of your Son's earth mission. May the pause be pregnant for all of us today. May the scattered messages accumulate unto your glory. The cards, the hymns, the Passion films, the message of the Passover as counter-point, the pure white of the lilies, the regal purple and gold of the Easter merchandise.

I confess that I have often been too hard on the churches. Forgive me. They remain your pillar of truth; your lighthouse of rescue; your seed-bed of new family; your place of pause, praise and petition. May the messages go forth in these places today and Sunday to magnify and clarify what Jesus has done for us. May hungry hearts respond, even in some surprising places, to the call for repentance and re-focused commitment.

You hurt so badly that day Father, as your Son was lifted up in shame, and you looked on at the called out City turned rabid. You heard Jesus' cries of anguish and you held back for the greater harvest. You bound yourself yet again by your Word.

I praise you and thank you Father for this "good" day and for the freedom to reflect. Please forgive the fleeting ways of my attention and imagination; the double-mindedness; the quickness of anger and lust to self-justify. I have been raised up by nothing but your grace.

Move upon your churches Lord with sovereign glory. May this be a time of refreshment for Kitchener-Waterloo. In Jesus' name, Amen."

Acts 17:
27. That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel (grope) after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.

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