Lenten Devotional for March 22

God Weeps with Us

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Romans 8:26-32

If God is for us, who is against us? He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him? —Romans 8:32

Reflect:

Paul introduces us to a God who groans. We are tempted to think God is far away, aloof, distant. … [But] Jesus, who is the image of the invisible God, gives us a different picture. Jesus’ weeping with Mary and Martha as they grieve reminds us that God weeps too. When Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” he reminds us that God enters into our pain and our forsakenness. Even beyond crucifixion, in his resurrection body in heaven, Jesus bears the scars. We worship a God who grieves, who weeps, who groans with us and all humanity.
—Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant*

Pray:

Lord, hear my groans. Hear my cries. Do not forsake me. Amen.

Respond:

Retrace Jesus’ steps in Jerusalem during Holy Week by reading through the gospels.


Credits: *From The Way of Transforming Discipleship, Participant Book by Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant. Copyright © 2005. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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