Prayer for Holy Week #3

This is the fourth prayer in a series of Easter prayers, featuring photos from my friend’s recent trip to the Holy Land.  Today’s photos are from the Sea of Galilee.

 

On the banks of this sea

men left everything behind

and followed you, Jesus.

Lifelong fishermen were astounded

by a miraculous load of fish

beckoned by your silent call.

Your quiet power amazed these seasoned men:

jaded by sleepless nights

fierce storms

and empty nets.

You opened up a new world.

Here you calmed a storm

rebuking it like a wayward child

and restored instant calm

to your fearful followers.

Here you walked on water

and called Peter to deeper faith.

On the night he swore never to deny you

even though you knew the truth

you promised to meet him once again

in this place

after you rose from the dead.

Here you appeared

early one morning

after your resurrection

and your disciples didn’t recognize you.

In a circle of memory

you called a huge number of fish

to the nets, and the men’s eyes were opened.

Then you healed Peter’s shame

and called him to a higher purpose.

 

In this Holy Week

let us sit by the sea of your grace

and marvel at your power.

Help us enjoy the early morning calm.

Give us sustenance from its waters.

Teach us to step out in faith

on unlikely surfaces.

Call us to give up everything we know

and follow you with all our hearts.

Cast aside our fears

our doubts

our calloused layers

and call us to deeper knowledge

deeper trust

and deeper faith.

 

 

Did you enjoy this prayer? Read the first prayersecond prayer, and third prayer in this series.

 

Questions for reflection:

Imagine yourself in these scenes from the Sea of Galilee.  How would you have responded to Jesus’ actions?

What actions will you take to deepen your faith this Holy Week?

 

 

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  • Jodie Filogomo

    This was very meaningful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
    #womenwithintention

    • Sarah

      Hi Jodie! Glad to meet you. Headed to your site now!

  • Beautiful prayer and pictures. Love this series!

    • Sarah

      Sarah, I’m glad you like the series. Blessings to you and your family this Holy Week!

  • Beautiful imagery and prayer. Amen and Amen!

    • Sarah

      Hi Debbie, thank you! Blessed Holy Week to you!

  • Christin Baker

    I love your prayer Sarah! It definitely takes me to each of these powerful Gospel accounts on the beautiful Sea of Galilee. The pictures make these stories come alive! My husband has been to Israel, and I’d love to one day sit by this amazing sea!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Christin! My friend said her trip to Israel was life-changing. I’m not crazy about the idea of a super-long flight, so I’m fine just looking at the photos! Blessings to you this Holy Week.

  • This is so beautiful, Sarah. I feel the need to print it out and put it somewhere special so I can read it again and again. I guess I’ll pin it and just keep visiting your post! Thank you so much for sharing it at Encouraging Word Wednesday this week. Happy Easter week to you!

    • Sarah

      Hi Charlie, that makes me feel so special. You’ve given me an idea…maybe I will create prayer-poem printables in the future. Happy Easter to you!

  • Beautiful words from a beautiful heart! Love the photo as well!

    • Sarah

      Hi Ginger, thanks for your kind comment. Blessings to you this Holy Week!