Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Today's psalm shows the beauty of God’s great Mercy. It shows the beauty of repentance. It shows the beauty in letting our hearts be cleansed of sin. However, the very first thought I had was this, “Jesus just cares about our hearts.”
Jesus just cares about our hearts.
Jesus doesn’t look for big, flashy sacrifices that'll make us look super holy. He just looks for our hearts, whatever they may look like, whatever state they may be in. He just desires our hearts. Now before you read that and say, “Well mine is too damaged, too broken, too hardened, not good enough for Jesus to see at the moment.” That’s exactly the point! What I struggled to realize is that Jesus delights in my brokenness. Never did I think I would be typing all those words in the same sentence, but I’ve learned just how true that is.
Jesus delights in your brokenness. And if we take a second to stop and think about it then it actually makes sense. Have you ever wanted to help anyone? In any way at all? Let’s say you have, if they refuse to let you help them you’d be sad, right? Well, what if they actually let you help them? Imagine that person you love and so badly want to help coming to you and saying, “Hey I messed up and I’m sorry and I really need your help. I need you.” Wouldn’t your heart jump for joy? Mine would! And it has!
Why is that something we delight in? Because we delight in hope. We delight in repentance. We delight in beauty. And if we delight in these things how much more does our sweet Jesus delight in our brokenness when we come to him saying, “I messed up and I’m sorry and I need your help?” How much more would he delight in that hope, that repentance, that beauty? That pleases him so much, when we come to him offering our brokenness in full surrender. Who better to bring our brokenness to than the one who can, and will, turn it into beauty, redemption, and hope?!
Jesus took the ugliest thing ever, his Crucifixion, and turned it into the most beautiful sight on earth, his Resurrection. When I look at a Crucifix, I see the redemption of the world. If he can do that, then he can absolutely turn our brokenness into something beautiful, and he wants to.
Friends, I want to challenge you to trust in the goodness of God’s mercy. Let Jesus create in you a clean heart. Let him delight in your brokenness, let him love you in your brokenness, and let him bring you out of your brokenness into the hope of his Resurrection.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
When is a time that I have rejoiced because I have been able to help someone?
Where in my life has the Lord turned my brokenness into something beautiful?
What do I delight in?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"A heart contrite and humbled."
"Lord, I need you."
"God delights in me."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Place a crucifix (or a printed picture of one) in a predominant place in your room, and when you look at it, let it remind you of the Lord's great love and mercy for you even in your brokenness.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Anna Roche, the High School Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle in Crystal Lake, IL.
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