Resources for Prayer and Devotions
Meditations from Carol Dean Henn
We here at St. John's have been blessed to get Meditations daily from a Member of St. John's Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA. Carol Dean Henn writes these for her church and has given it to us so we can share them to our members and visitors. A big thank you to Carol Dean Henn for this gift.
They are geared towards Adult and Youth.
Below is Meditations for all of September if you want to look back at them.
And then we have today's Meditation for Tue, October 10, 2017.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Jesus said, “This is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me.”
Many years I ago, I read an amazing book, “Dawn Without Darkness,” written by a Catholic priest named
Father Anthony Padovano. In a remarkable chapter about the crucifixion, Fr. Padovano speculates about
the thoughts that might have been raging through Jesus’s mind as he hung on the cross: ‘Did I do it right,
Father? Did I do anything right? Did I lose them, Father? Did I lose them all? I didn’t want to lose them.
You gave them to me. You didn’t want me to lose them. Did I do it all wrong?’ Those words burn with
authenticity. Jesus did not frolic toward the cross with an optimistic smile. He was in agony in body, mind, and soul. On the cross, his hope and his faith were … most certainly … matched by his very human despair and doubt, soul-crushing doubt. If we ever wonder if God knows what it is like to be human – to feel fear and anguish and abandonment – we have only to look to the cross to know the truth. Christ felt it all.
“No, Lord, you did not lose them. You did not lose all that the Father gave you. You did not lose me. You never will.”
©Carol Dean Henn
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Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA