Divine Purpose

Fifth Week of Lent
March 21, 2021

Opening
Lord, as we draw close to you in these moments, quiet us within that we may hear You. Transform us through our time with you.

Reflection
As we continue on this Lenten journey, may we be drawn ever closer to the One who loves without limit.

Invitation
Read the scripture through slowly a few times. The second time, notice the word or phrase to which where you are drawn. The third time, reflect on how this word or phrase speaks to your life right now.

Scripture: John 12: 23-28, 32,33
Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again… And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this to indicate how he was going to die.

Prayer of Response
Compassionate One, You saw what we did not. You knew what would bring life to us even though it would cost You so much. You never lost sight of this You kept it ever before You. You showed us the way so we could follow in your footsteps, serving as we have been served by You, loving, as we have been loved by You. Your way is totally different than ours. Thank you for your sacrificial love which gave all so we could know the joy of life with and in You. Jesus, Divine Beloved One, keep us near to you, whispering in our ears, so that we follow you always. Amen.

Rev. Eva Sullivan-Knoff, Founder and Executive Director

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