December 7, Day Two of Week Two – The Way of Peace though Love

Mark 1: 9 – 13

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”  At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.”


Worn  Song link

I’m Tired I’m worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes
To keep on breathing
I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

REFRAIN:  Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart
That’s frail and torn
I wanna know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
Cause I’m worn

I know I need to lift my eyes up
But I’m too weak
Life just won’t let up
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left  REFRAIN

My prayers are wearing thin
Yeah, I’m worn
Even before the day begins
Yeah, I’m worn
I’ve lost my will to fight
I’m worn
So, heaven come and flood my eyes REFRAIN

Reflection:  Jesus is baptized and then isolated for 40 days of temptation.  How it must have worn him to tears and frustration.  We may not be isolated in the wilderness with animals, Satan and angels, but we have all experienced those moments, days, years that have worn us to brokenness.  Worn before the day begins.  When even prayer seems too much.  The days we sludge through, only looking for its end, a refugee in our own life.  During one of these moments of my own, a counselor told me that I would find richness in the journey.  Fortunately, I was too tired to argue with her because her prophecy was spot on.  The darkness that mangled me also filled me with understanding and insight on the other side.  It taught me of love of myself and others.  It taught me kindness for myself and others.  It taught me forgiveness for myself and others.  I was no longer on the same path where I had started.  The worn had diverted my journey to a place of re-imaginings, of spirit, of knowing.  Imagine the richness Jesus brought with him out of the wilderness.

Action:  Let today be for you.  Fill yourself with kindness and gentle thoughts.  Let go of all that leaves you worn for this day.  Sink into that bed of knowing this struggle will end, the deadness of spirit will not stay and hope will be reborn.  Invite all of those who bring you joy into your day.  Wind around the mountains of dark and discontent.  Today isn’t the day to drive through them.  There will be another day.  Hold close to you this thought – even in our wilderness, no matter what enemies are dancing with us, the angels remain.

Dear God, Bring us your angels to dance with us today.  Mute our weary thoughts and lead us into your peace.  Remind our hearts that the struggle and dark days will end.  Help us be gentle with ourselves.  Let us know that a song will rise from our brokenness.  All worn but looking for the angels, Amen.

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