By Barbara Rainey
First posted on EverThineHome.com
“I AM the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
This trinity of names illustrates well the message of the Cross.
There is one way to God: Jesus the Messiah.
There is one Truth: Jesus the Messiah.
There is one Life Source, one Creator, one pre-incarnate I AM: Jesus the Messiah.
Today, Good Friday, is a day to remember and reflect on what Jesus endured for you. Go to a church service. Reread the story of the crucifixion in the Gospels. Allow yourself to feel the anguish and abandonment Jesus felt alone on the cross. Read Isaiah 53, which is a prophetic description of those hours.
It is important to go near His death, to imagine His every feeling as a fully human yet completely sinless man. Going near grows our gratitude for His sacrifice and prepares our hearts to worship and celebrate with abandon on Easter Sunday.
Go near Him.
Gaze on His sacrificial body, given for you.
My Heart, Ever His: Prayers for Women (NEW from Barbara Rainey)
As we search for meaning in our world of shallow online relationships and glamorized selfies, many are returning to traditional and liturgical churches. The repeated words, benedictions, and historic hymns connect us to saints who have gone before, giving us a sense of belonging, richness, and transcendence. Written prayers, once cast off as archaic, are now welcomed as guides to tune our hearts to the heart of God.
In My Heart, Ever His Barbara Rainey shares 40 prayers for women. Readers can read and meditate on one prayer throughout the week or read a prayer a day for 40 days as a way to express the longing of our hearts to our Father who loves us even as he sees who we truly are. Like the psalms of David, these prayers are honest, sometimes raw. Barbara uses these transparent expressions of common female experiences to encourage us to surrender to Christ and help us see God as he is, not as we assume him to be. My Heart, Ever His provides a stepping-stone to help you become more transparent with God and discover his welcoming embrace.
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