Prayer for Holy Week #5

This is the final prayer in a series of Easter prayers, featuring photos from my friend’s recent trip to the Holy Land.  Today’s photo was taken at a tomb in Jerusalem. I have also incorporated the prompt “Empty” for today’s Five Minute Friday linkup.

 

Jesus, I thank you

for the strength you displayed

that horrible Friday.

You endured the flogging

which killed many others,

then carried a heavy cross

with thorns pressed into your forehead.

After sweating drops of blood

and enduring a night without sleep

or comfort of any kind

your strength amazes me.

Jesus, I thank you

for being torn.

Your heart was torn in two

as you died on the cross

damaged with sorrow

well before the soldiers pierced you.

Your tearing

allowed the temple curtain

to be torn top to bottom:

never again

would we need a blood sacrifice

and a member of Aaron’s family

to allow us entrance

to the Holy of Holies.

Your tearing invited us

once and for all

to heaven’s mercy seat.

Your tearing amazes me.

Jesus, I thank you

for entering that tomb

for my sake.

For enduring the separation

from your Father

so I will never be forsaken.

I thank you for surprising us all

on that wonderful Sunday morning

by leaving that tomb empty

and showing yourself

to the women, then to your followers

that night, casting away their sorrow and fear

with your amazing presence.

 

Did you enjoy this prayer? Read the firstsecondthird, fourth, and fifth prayer in this series.

 

Questions for reflection:

How does Easter amaze you?

How can you thank Jesus today for what he did for you in his death and resurrection?

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  • Sarah, I love your prayer for today. Thank you!

  • Ariëlla M.

    Thank you so much for your prayer. Love to read it. How Easter does amaze me? I am so touched by this Scripture: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and gave His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

    • Sarah

      Hello Ariella! Thanks for your visit and for sharing the wonderful verse. I hope you had a blessed Easter!

  • Karlene Arthur

    Beautiful words on this Good Friday, Sarah. {Visiting from #DanceWithJesus today.}

    • Sarah

      Hi Karlene, thanks for stopping by!

  • Carol Van Der Woude

    Your prayer gets to the heart of Good Friday! We give thanks–and we must give ourselves to our Savior.

    • Sarah

      Hi Carol, thanks for your comment! I hope you had a blessed Easter.

  • Tara Ulrich

    Beautiful prayer!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Tara!

  • Stephanie Thompson

    Sarah, What a beautiful way of threading the image of “torn” throughout the poem. Usually the visual is one dimensional-the curtain. But you demonstrated how the curtain was really the backdrop for what was tearing on the cross. Both giving way to reconciliation.

    • Sarah

      Thanks Stephanie! Yes, that image of the tearing curtain was exactly what I was trying to capture. Blessings to you!