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Good Friday

On this Good Friday, we meditate on the words of Psalm 22, a prayer of lament and despair, but ultimately one of hope and joy. The psalmist begins by pouring out his anguish and despair to God, describing his suffering and asking why he must endure such pain. He feels forsaken, and his cries reach the heavens as he calls out to God.
Yet, in the midst of his despair, he remembers the goodness of God and the hope that comes with trusting in Him. He acknowledges the faithfulness of God and knows that even in his worst moments, God is still with him. He finds comfort in the promise of redemption and renewal, and knows that God will bring joy and peace to his life.
As we reflect on this psalm, we can take comfort in the knowledge that God is with us in our struggles and sorrows. He hears our cries and will bring us joy and peace, even in the midst of the dark moments of life. We can also remember that although we may experience suffering, we can still have hope and joy in God. He is faithful and loving and always willing to restore our lives.
We can also find hope and joy in the fact that Jesus, the Son of God, suffered and died for us on this day. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and through it, He brought us salvation and redemption. His suffering was for our benefit, and it reminds us of God’s great love for us. We can take comfort in knowing that Jesus understands our pain and suffering and that He will always be with us.
As we remember this Good Friday, let us meditate on the words of Psalm 22 and be encouraged by its message of hope and joy. These words were on the lips of our Lord and Savior in His darkest hours. May we find comfort in knowing that God is with us in our struggles and sorrows, may we be filled with hope and joy in knowing that Jesus died for us and brought us salvation and redemption, and may we be reminded of God’s great love for us and of His ultimate faithfulness and provision. Amen.

Prayer: O Lord, our God, You are holy and mighty; we praise You for the wonders of Your creation. You are the Lord of hosts, the King of Heaven; Your name is exalted above all. You are our refuge and our strength; in times of trouble we turn to You. We cry out to You, O Lord; in our distress, You answer us. You deliver us from our fears and anxieties; Your loving-kindness and compassion sustain us. You are the source of our hope and peace; Your love surrounds us in our darkest hours. We will praise Your name forever; for You are our deliverer and redeemer. Amen.

Devotion written by the Rev. Dcn. Andrew S. Ames Fuller

This daily prayer and Bible reading guide, Devoted to Prayer (based on Acts 2:42), was conceived and prepared by the Rev. Andrew S. Ames Fuller, director of communications for the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). After several challenging years in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been provided with a unique opportunity to revitalize the ancient practice of daily prayer and Scripture reading in our homes. While the Reading the Word of God three-year lectionary provided a much-needed and refreshing calendar for our congregations to engage in Scripture reading, this calendar includes a missing component of daily devotion: prayer. This guide is to provide the average layperson and pastor with the simple tools for sorting through the busyness of their lives and reclaiming an act of daily discipleship with their Lord. The daily readings follow the Lutheran Book of Worship two-year daily lectionary, which reflect the church calendar closely. The commemorations are adapted from Philip H. Pfatteicher’s New Book of Festivals and Commemorations, a proposed common calendar of the saints that builds from the Lutheran Book of Worship, but includes saints from many of those churches in ecumenical conversation with the NALC. The introductory portion is adapted from Christ Church (Plano)’s Pray Daily. Our hope is that this calendar and guide will provide new life for congregations learning and re-learning to pray in the midst of a difficult and changing world.

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