Scripture: Psalm 25
Key verse: (4) “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths”
Reflection: We have begun the journey of Holy Week, moving from the joy of Palm Sunday, to desertion of Maundy Thursday, the suffering of Good Friday, silence of Holy Saturday, back to joy of Easter. This is quite the journey in one week. But, I imagine it is not unfamiliar for some of us to have a journey like this in a day, week, or month, from high highs to low lows. Our Psalm for today takes a similar journey, acclaiming praise to God while at the same time asking for forgiveness of sins and protection from enemies.
When these roller coasters of days come, don’t push them aside, don’t deny where you are, but notice where Christ is where you are. Don’t deny where you are, for Christ is there with you. Don’t deny where you are, for Christ is there, Christ is here. That is the joy of this journey as a Christian and this journey of Holy Week, that we get to journey with Christ through the high highs to the low lows, and we know that Christ journeys with us the same.
Through this Holy Week, take time to be. Take time to sit still, to notice where you are, take an inventory of how you are feeling, of your thoughts and prayers. And may the prayer of the psalmist be our prayer: “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”
Prayer: Holy God, we give you thanks that you invite us to journey with you through this Holy Week. And through your journey we praise you that you journey with us each and every day. Grant us peace to pause and rest in your presence. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].