Sunday, Fifth Week of Lent March 21, 2021

Prayer pointers:

To be found on the side of God

To remember the surpassing treasure of Christ

To be patient in suffering

Today’s text: Mark 8:31-9:1

WE MUST ADMIT IT: our whole world is built on saving our lives. We satisfy our appetites, we distrust our neighbors, we see our common life as an obstacle to our self-fulfillment. Far from attending to the things of God, our attention is given entirely over to ourselves.

But Christ still calls to us, invites us to learn his ways. Even to be rebuked, as was Peter, is a sign of care, for discipline is given only by the one who loves you and sees your potential. Do not be afraid of Christ’s gentle correction!

Be gracious, and my faith renew;

Help me bear my cross.

Learning humbleness from you

Peace mid pain and loss.

May I give you love for love!

Hear me, O my Savior,

That I may in heav’n above

Sing your praise forever.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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