JESUS SEES HIS MOTHER (Luke 2:25-40, Lamentations 1:12, John 19:26-27)
THOUGHT Jesus sees his Mother, can you even image when their eyes met? She has seen him whipped and you know she feels his suffering. Jesus gives her the look knowing this is his Father’s will, so nothing is spoken from Mary’s lips. I can only believe that the pain and the tears were overwhelming for both.
REMINDER We too have to endure pain around us with loved ones and the suffering of this world. It is harder to watch the ones you love suffer more so than your own suffering but we know with suffering producers endurance. Roman 5:3-5 reminds us, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Hope that when we suffer we come together in love and we know when love comes in all things work together.
PRAYER Dear Heavenly Father, you know my heart and all my pain, please help me to know that I will gain character and hope through every struggle. I know perseverance builds character and with a relationship with you will help me find the way. Amen
SIMON HELPS JESUS (Mark 15:21, Mark 8:34, 2 Timothy 2:3)
REMINDER How often do we try to carrier our own burdens (cross)? Be reminded when someone helps you, they are given the chance to be a Simon and to carry some of your burdens through love and prayer. Every time you help others, feed the hungry, lend a helping hand or give a simple smile, you too are being a Simon in this world.
THOUGHT Again, God shows Jesus as a human; his strength is gone and he needs help because he can’t bear this cross alone. Even Jesus needed help.
PRAYER Dear Heavenly Father, Please let me allow people to help me in during my struggles, that I may be able to ask for help even if it is in just prayer. Please take away the shame or guilt when asking for help, allow me to receive it with your grace. Father, please show me who I need to help in time of need even during my own suffering. Amen.
Keep moving forward on your ride!
Until tomorrow, blessings