Since being at Hope I have learned a lot about the church calendar and how much I love it. As soon as Advent ends I find myself longing for Lent. In this season of Lent, Ive been looking forward to Maundy Thursday, maybe the somberness of it comforts me more in where my faith has been these past few years. As humanly possible I put a side what I want to get out of service and refocus my mind, trying to wrap around what this service is remembering. Jesus being alone. Jesus asking for this cup to be taken from him. Jesus going through the hardest thing in his life. This year’s Maundy Thursday I of course saw through a different lens. Heres what resonated with me this year:

“O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain…”

“Thou hast not left me, though I oft left Thee,
On to the close Lord, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour…”

“And if a man has got to listen to the voices of the mob,
Who are reeling in the throes of all the happiness they’ve got,
When they tell you all their troubles have been nailed up to that cross,
Then what about the times when even followers get lost?
‘Cause we all get lost sometimes…”

“Up in the heavens our Lord prays for you
He sent his spirit to carry us through
So it’s true that you’re not alone
Do you know He came all the way down?”

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What a moving passage. Really resonates with me today (after my day yesterday).

March 29, 2013 11:06 am

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