Good Friday

Today was a bit of a different day. I spent the morning with my dad at the hospital, and then headed back to Austin. Lindsey had a day off and, from the sound of it, managed to get a lot done and still relax. It still surprises me that somehow she can do both at once.

When I got home tonight we spent some time together in a private celebration of Good Friday. She read a prayer from the Valley of Vision, I read Matthew’s account of the day of Christ’s execution and then we observed communion. It was really a perfect remembrance for this day.

For our post tonight, we’d like to share with you the prayer from the Valley of Vision that Lindsey read:

Crucifixion and Resurrection

O Lord,
I marvel that thou shouldst become incarnate,
be crucified, dead, and buried.
The sepulchre calls forth my adoring wonder,
for it is empty and thou art risen;
the four-fold gospel attests it,
the living witnesses prove it,
my heart’s experience knows it.
Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life,
for I wish to be as dead and buried, to sin, to selfishness, to the world;
that I might not hear the voice of the charmer, and might be delivered from his lusts.
O Lord, there is much ill about me – crucify it, much flesh within me – mortify it.
Purge me from selfishness,
the fear of man, the love of approbation,
the shame of being thought old-fashioned,
the desire to be cultivated or modern.
Let me reckon my old life dead because of crucifixion,
and never feed it as a living thing.
Grant me to stand with my dying Savior,
to be content to be rejected,
to be willing to take up unpopular truths,
and to hold fast despised teachings until death.
Help me to be resolute and Christ-contained.
Never let me wander from the path of obedience to thy will.
Strengthen me for the battles ahead.
Give me courage for all the trials,
and grace for all the joys.
Help me to be a holy, happy person,
free from every wrong desire,
from everything contrary to thy mind.
Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:
may it rule me,
may I walk in its power,
and be strengthened through its influence.

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