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This Is The Week

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Gwen Smith

April 17, 2014

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This Is The Week

Earlier this week I quieted down in a place of reflection and considered the magnitude of Holy Week in light of Jesus. This prayer was my journaled response:

THIS IS THE WEEK, Lord Jesus, that you were praised by your people on the pathway into Jerusalem.

THIS IS THE WEEK that you were brutally assaulted and mocked on the Way of Suffering in that same sacred, sovereignly selected city.

THIS IS THE WEEK that you instructed your disciples to remain in you – that they (that we) might know the fullness of your joy.

THIS IS THE WEEK that you sorrowed and prayed with such angst that your brow beaded blood.

THIS IS THE WEEK that you fellowshipped with your friends in the presence of your betrayer… breaking bread and drinking wine…  initiating a sacrament that would remind us to remember what brings true life.

THIS IS THE WEEK that 30 pieces of metal brought betrayal and 33 years of perfect living were snuffed out for the sake of a dark, depraved and desperate people – whom you radically love.

THIS IS THE WEEK, precious LORD, that you spoke life to a dying, hanging criminal and took on death that whoever believes in you might take on life.

THIS IS THE WEEK when grave clothes were left behind and an empty tomb blew every mind.

THIS IS THE WEEK, Lord Jesus, that you robbed death of it’s sting – bringing beauty to what was broken forever and ever and ever.

THIS IS THE WEEK of the worlds’ greatest tragedy.

THIS IS THE WEEK of the worlds’ greatest victory.

THIS IS THE WEEK of our HOPE and on this Hope we stand… we sing… we live – this is a week of reflection… of resurrection… of redemption… of restoration.

Thank. You. JESUS!!
We remember. We repent. We rejoice! We celebrate with full hearts!
Amen.

 

Let’s continue the REFLECTION and RESPONSE: in the comments section below, post a prayer of thanksgiving – or simply post “Amen!”. Then pause to read other posts and worship the One who gave it all!

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About Gwen Smith


Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.

 

13 responses to “This Is The Week”

  1. Tina says:

    Wow I can thank my heavenly father for the sacrifice he made for me
    Thanks Gwen for an eye opener

  2. Sue says:

    Amen. I am trying to get back on track with the Lord. I have been lost for so long. I am so lonely. Blessings to you. I am doing James with you, first time in months I opened my Bible.

  3. Babsliness says:

    A powerful message to this imperfect woman who is struggling right now. Thank you.

  4. Rem says:

    Amen!
    Thank you, Gwen, for this meaningful prayer. It magnifies the awesome love and power of God through the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am sharing this with my children. Thank you!

  5. Amanda Craft Hayes says:

    Amen. This week has been spiritually draining as I continue to fight the enemy n his dark energy.Thank you for the beautiful heartfelt words u wrote. God willing,for the 1st Time in 2 yrs,I will b able to go to church this Sunday .Praise God for His Love,forgiveness,healing touch and merciful Grace.

  6. Irene says:

    Thank-you for your beautiful words! I’m in a slump both physically, mentally and emotionally and needed a spiritual lift! I feel the attacks of darkness this Holy Week and I am trying to overcome negativity.

  7. Rebecca says:

    This is the week when we pause to remember the day we were handed eternal life because our God has such unimaginable love for us all. What would our lives be like if we lived each week like this?

  8. ms_mary1222 says:

    This prayer is so beautiful and I’m thanking God that you have posted this and allow us to repost on our FB. Thank you and God bless you.

  9. Krista Dial says:

    What a beautiful prayer, Gwen. Thank you for sharing and for helping us to reflect on the victory of the cross…Blessings to you…

  10. Yvonne Williams says:

    Amen, Thank You God for this Great Blessing of your Son Jesus and for the Victory over Death! He is Risen!!!

  11. sherry Blue says:

    When ur glory comes down,
    And ur presence fills the place
    I’m reminded of ur pwr and
    ur sweet amazing grace
    Lord I just can’t explain the way I feel
    Wen u come down and fill my cup
    If I stayed on my knees day n nite
    I still couldn’t thank u enuff

  12. Ciindy says:

    Amen! Praise God! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Gwen. I have been attending community Holy Week Services all week, along with continuing with Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Lenten Study on THE WONDER OF HIS NAME – 32 Names of Jesus. It has been very good. God continue to bless you richly!

  13. Maria hall says:

    I thank God for his precious gift of Jesus Christ. I also thank God for GIG. As you ladies have blessed me through your obidence, love and passion for The word of God. Amen

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