Sunday to Monday | Remember

Out of the depths I cry to you O Lord!  Psalm 130.


Tears catch our attention.  Tears were of such significance that dating as far back as 3,000 years ago, mourners were known to collect their tears in a tear bottle—vessels used to catch the tears of those who mourned.  Have you wept for the loss of someone? 


On Sunday we gave thanks to those saints in our lives who helped to shape us through the witness of faith in Christ they shared.  We wept for them as they became separated from us here on this earth just as Jesus wept for his friend Lazarus when he heard of his death (John 11:35).  God joins us in our grief and His eternal truth prevents separation from God.     


The fall of the Berlin wall was 20 years ago.  During that time government officials were prepared for everything except for candles and prayers.  They prepared for the worst but not for the candles and prayers that illuminated the darkness.  Saints are forgiven sinners.  Saints are those whose light made a difference in our lives and inspired us to be more like Jesus.   


Who are the saints who have shaped you as a follower of Jesus?  Take time to offer prayer(s) of thanks.  Here are some questions to guide you through the week:

  • Can you recall a time you were in the “depths” of despair and your “hope” came from God?  (Psalm 130)
  • “Jesus then began to weep.” (John 11:35)  When has the knowledge that Jesus joins us in our grief been a source of faith for you?
  • “Saints are forgiven sinners.”  Martin Luther.  It has been said there is no sin Jesus cannot forgive.  Where do you need to practice greater forgiveness for another?  Where might you allow Christ’s forgiveness to illuminate your own darkness?


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