Welcome to another week in our journey! I am so blessed to have my fellow sojourner, sister in grace and blogging pal, Kel Rohlf here today to host our time together!
I know Kel will bless you today, because she usually has that effect on me!
Enjoy the fellowship. I will be popping by at some point to check in and join the conversation-meanwhile, take it away, my friend!
Hello all! I am honored to be guest posting with Dawn today.
The past few weeks, we have been reading and responding to our journey through Writing to God.
My desire has been rekindled to express my love and passion for God through writing. I spend my days with pen and journal in hand, scribbling love notes, writing little poems, and just talking about life with Jesus. The prayers and writing prompts of Rachel G. Hackenberg in Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Penhave opened new vistas as I meet with God on paper.
When Dawn asked me to share this week, I immediately offered the opportunity to God.
When I read the prayer offering for Day 24: Uncertain,I decided to reflect on the prayer and the prompt for this week.
We all have questions and uncertainty in our lives.
This prayer has edged itself into my heart, especially these lines:
“Is ‘Jesus’ the simple answer? Looking back, I see that you offered more puzzles than answers; that still seems to be true. So I will sit here, with palms open and unresolved prayers, O complex Jesus, if you will sit with me. This I ask, for lack of answers. Amen.”
The angst that uncertainty produces in my heart desperately needed the comfort of this prayer.The Scripture suggested for Day 24 is set in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42). Jesus makes a request of his three closest friends. He needs them to sit with Him as He agonizes over this crucial moment. Here’s how Mark records this moment: “Going a little ahead, he [Jesus] fell to the ground and prayed for a way out:
“Papa, Father, you can—can’t you?—get me out of this. Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want—what do you want?”
(Mark 14:35-36 The Message)
Jesus had questions, too. And the disciples cannot stay awake and answer His need. And the Father doesn’t audibly answer or at least there is not a recorded response. Yet somehow in the asking and agonizing, even while He has to chide and warn His disciples about their waywardness, He finds the strength to face His darkest hour.
Not only can Jesus handle my questions, He empathizes with them.
After mulling over the suggested Scripture, I responded to the prompt for the day, which I plan to incorporate as a regular practice in my journaling:
“Pour out your questions, big and small…do not be afraid if the questions feel impossible or seem to go unanswered.”
(Rachel G. Hackenberg)
Jesus- Sometimes I want to shake you like a Magic 8 Ball to get a definitive answer, like: “It is certain” or “Don’t count on it” or “Better not tell you now.” And when I don’t get the answer that I want, I want to shake you again. And if you give me a different answer like “Ask again later” or “Outlook not so good,” I will shake you a third time because I remember that my sister says that the real answer is the best one–two out of three. I wish it were that simple. But when I ask the real question, “Do you love me?” You always answer, “It is decidedly so!”
Then I wrote a list of questions to entrust to Jesus until He sees fit to answer or not.
I can’t wait to hear how God is using this profound book in your Lenten journey.
* I am adding the schedule because the Blog Weeks and the W2G weeks don’t match up!
Welcome & Intro. 2/20-2/26 Days 1-7
Week 1. 2/27-3/5 Days 8-14
Week 2. 3/6-3/12 Days: 15-21
Week 3. 3/13-3/19 Days: 22-28 -what we will be doing this week!
*Week 4. 3/20-3/23 Days 29-32; Palm Sunday through Wednesday (3/24-3/27) from Prayers and Prompts for Holy Week
*Week 5. Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday (4/1-4/2) from Prayers and Prompts for Holy Week; Days: 33-34
Week 6. 4/3-4/9 Days 35-40