Welcome to Holy Week! This week we're making a shift in our Lent practices to journey with Jesus following the Triumphal Entry as he makes his journey to the cross.
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
- Matthew 21:12-17 (NIV)
Jesus, fresh from the Triumphal Entry, moves away from Jerusalem, and turns back toward the only home he has really known, Bethany. This little village has been Jesus’ place of refuge - the place where he spent time with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Sometimes we forget that even Jesus needed a place to recover.
He walked courageously into the city of Jerusalem. He cleansed the temple. He taught and confronted and spoke words of truth, but at the end of these days - Jesus returned to Bethany to recover. As you read the passage, can you feel the ebb and flow as Jesus ventures out to speak God’s truth and returns again for time to recover?
Today as Holy Week begins, remember that you need a place of recovery too. These days, it is possible to be doing less and still not be finding a place of recovery. Maybe you just can’t see how. It’s OK to have a conversation with God about your struggle. Tell Him how you’re feeling, and remember to listen for what He is saying back to you. Maybe your place of recovery will be a quiet space, extended time to pray, taking a walk, or reading - but when we do find our way home, it is a place where our soul sighs in His presence and we feel our heart, mind, and spirit renewed. Focus today on your need for recovery. Seek it. Let it settle over you. And be thankful.
Today's Breath Prayer
As we begin the Holy Week journey, pause and set your intention to become fully present to Jesus and remember that He is your ultimate home and place of recovery.
- Breathe IN and say, “HE is our home” -OR- [short version] "Home"
- Breathe OUT and say, “Come home”
- Repeat three times and notice the effect this prayer has on you
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