Here you will find daily Lenten devotionals submitted by Rev. Paige Williams, pastor of Hopkinsville First UMC.
Everlasting God, maker of all that is, we dare to approach you as the sun makes its circuit to bring light to our lives. Grant that this day be full of your glory and the sound of our praise. May your holiness be seen in our actions and your newness of life felt in our hearts. We tremble before you, and worship you in your splendor. Amen.
Worship. Rest. Pray.
Friday, March 9
O Lord, our faults are not hidden from you. Bless this day ahead that, despite our faults, we can rise to your high purposes. When we feel as though we’re in water up to our necks, come to our rescue. Be true to your promise to save us and make us whole. Amen.
O God, our Rock and Redemption, speed to our aid today. You have always kept your promises, keep our confidence high! Be our shield and defender all day, hold back any idle thought that would cause another pain. May the day come to an end with little to confess and much to celebrate. Amen.
Redeem our lives, O Lord, our God! Have mercy on us and preserve our faith! Early we come into your presence with praise on our lips and good intentions in our hearts. As the day stretches out before us, let these good plans pave the way to the revelation of your lofty purposes for the day. Let us not go the way of evil, but keep our feet firmly on the path of righteousness. Amen.
God of our salvation, to you we make our prayers as the sun fades. Throughout the day we have known your presence and love, in the past hours we have witnessed your grace in the midst of our sin. Grant us now, O Lord, the joy of your rescue that sleep will come upon us and the enemies of our peace will be defeated. Amen.
Your way is hard, Lord, we shrink from its demands. You call us to bless when we are reviled, to endure when persecuted, to speak kindly when slandered. Really?! Give us what it takes to suck it up and go this way. Provide for us this day a spirit of love and gentleness. Amen.
If you've "given up" something for Lent... today is a day off! Enjoy coffee or whatever. Worship. Rest. Pray.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your presence at the table of sinners and your healing of those who are sick. Sometimes your holiness seems out of place when we consider the sickness of our souls and the way our actions betray our best intentions. Yet you persist in your presence with us! Bless these restful hours with forgiveness and healing once again. Amen.
You call to us at the rising of the sun, O Lord, and we turn to seek your face. Reveal yourself to us this day in all your glory. You know us inside out, and yet you declare your love for your creation. You have no need of anything we offer, but desire our company. Make our actions this day a worthy gift of praise and our hearts pure and holy before you. Amen.
We count on you, Lord, for hope and comfort this day. Your judgments are true and your commandments protect us from the entanglement of sin. Let us be quick to turn to you and to follow your will as the day lengthens; deal graciously with us, we pray. Amen.
While it is still quiet, we wait on your loving-kindness, O Lord. Visit us this day with wisdom and strength. Give to us from your own hand what we need to thrive in body and spirit and grant to us the insight to proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. Amen.
Worship. Rest. Pray.
In the early hours we turn to you, holy One. The night has restored us and caused us to remember your favor. We confess our sins, O Lord, and call upon you to put them away. Be our help in time of trial and continue your reclamation of our souls fitted for eternal life in your presence. Amen.
We still ourselves before you, God, still enough to take some time for holiness. In these early morning hours remind us to discard rage, to leave anger and worry alone: alongside chocolate and coffee we vow to distance ourselves from the excesses that are not so easily seen. Make the most of this stillness, Lord, it won't last long! Equip us for the day ahead and call us to a sacred pause during these hours. Amen. (Psalm 37:1-8)