Lent 2024 | Day 22

By Janet Nygren
Day 22 (Saturday, Mar 9)

As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-center my scattered senses upon the presence of God.1

Pause and pray.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Think about it.

Love is reflected in the things we say and how we say them. Think about how Jesus models this in his conversations and attitudes with people. What a contrast to what we have been thinking about this week, attitudes that stubbornly insist on what we think, whether they are intended for good or harm. If we can discover conversations and attitudes around us that reflect this familiar passage, it is treasure worth celebrating!


As we prepare for another Resurrection Day (Sunday), consider the conversations you have heard this week. Go on a treasure hunt for “balcony people” who speak in a way that is patient and kind, not self-seeking or proud, delighting in truth while not boasting. And, while you’re at it, why not let them know what you have seen in them and be a balcony person yourself!

Pause and pray.

Jesus, help me trust you.

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1)

  1. Prayer used daily in Lectio365 found at https://www.24-7prayer.com/resource/lectio-365/

1 Comment

Nick Tebordo - March 9th, 2024 at 5:16am

Love is not an option. While we have the 10 commandments and Jesus reenforces the Great Commandment, on the night before the Cross, He gives us a New Commandment that we “love one another as He has loved us.” Furthermore He says, “Greater Love has no one than this that He lay down His life for His friends.” Wow! Could it be any clearer! Paul’s words are firm foundation for any relationship.




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