HOLY WEEK can be a hard week. Jesus moves toward inevitable crucifixion. Those around him allow rage and cowardice to consume them. Friday brings sadness beyond measure. . . .
Holy Week only works, however, if we put ourselves in the thick of it, which involves more than a grim determination to face the worst. It requires courage born of the knowledge that God’s sovereign grace surrounds this week and our lives within this week.
– Robbins Sims
The Upper Room Disciplines 2011
From “The Grace of a Hard but Holy Week,” reading for April 18 by Robbins Sims, in The Upper Room Disciplines 2011: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright ©2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What are your plans to observe Holy Week? Share your thoughts.
“Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
John 12:28, NRSV
This Week: Pray for those affected by gun violence. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Sister Thea Bowman (March 30).
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