Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional: Reading: Habakkuk 3:1-18
Habakkuk knew that God’s judgment was real. History
proved it. If the Exodus was not a story of judgment against
the Egyptians in history, what was it? Yet Habakkuk struggled
mightily when it was inevitable that God was going to use
the nation of Babylon to bring judgment against God’s own
When all was said and done, the cold, hard, reality of
judgment did not prompt protests from Habakkuk; instead he
prayed, “in your wrath may you remember mercy.” What a
foreign-sounding prayer today! It’s not that we don’t believe
in mercy, it’s that we don’t believe in wrath!
In this season of Lent, when our sins are ever before us, dare
we not take God’s wrath seriously? How can we deny the
times when God’s judgment is inevitable in our lives as we
face the consequences of our acts of betrayal, abuse, theft,
failure, sloth, and faithlessness? What do we do when God’s
wrath washes over us like the Red Sea washed over Pharaoh’s
chariots? In these moments, may we join Habakkuk in
praying, “in your wrath may you remember mercy.”
Almighty God, soften my heart and let me see the extent to
which I have sinned against your holiness and the creatures
you love. Though I can only see pain ahead for now, I
accept your judgment and pray that, in your wrath, you will
remember mercy. Amen.
2 MINUTES OF SILENT REFLECTION.
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.