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“While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.” —Luke 24:51

Friday, March 20

Fifth Week of Lent

Friday, March 20

Scripture: Psalm 123
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Praying this psalm requires viewing oneself as a servant. In a culture that values competence, looking good, and self-promotion, this is a big ask. Honesty before God requires that we face our own pride in things like appearance, money, family, possessions, and achievements. We cannot ask for mercy unless we admit we need it.

Questions for reflection
    1. In what areas of your life are you most tempted to be proud?
    2. The success-driven values of our culture can put a lot of pressure on us. In what ways do you find comfort and relief in viewing yourself as a servant?

You are enthroned in the heavens, O Lord. I want to rest in being your servant, but sometimes I chafe at viewing myself that way. Help me to be honest about my need for your mercy and guidance.

- - - By Lynne M. Baab, an author and PC(USA) pastor, whose latest book is The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry (

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Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 22; 148
First Reading Jeremiah 23:1-8
Second Reading Romans 8:28-39
Gospel Reading John 6:52-59
Evening Psalms 105; 130


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