This Lenten season we’ve journeyed with Jesus through the last 4 days of his life on earth. We’ve pondered the scope and emotions of pain and suffering, grief, separation, humility and hope. We’ve imagined the timeless relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We’ve thought about our present and future participation with them, when we believe in our heart Jesus is God’s Son and confess with our mouth He is Lord. Hope in the future shapes our present reality.

How can we close the gap between what we know now and what we will know when we see Jesus face to face? How can hope help us live now? Let’s use the four steps of the Lectio Divina (Holy Reading) to listen to God and abide with him.

Read 1 Corinthians 13:12. For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things, as when we stare into polished metal. I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture. But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face. In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God. (The Voice)

Meditate. What words, phrases or metaphors stand out to you? Listen to what the Holy Spirit is emphasizing to you personally. Savor his words. Take time to absorb the meaning he gives you. If it is helpful, use a metal sheet, a glass (KJ), or a mirror (ESV) to look into and consider this verse of Scripture.

Pray for such a relationship with Jesus that when your time on earth is done and he calls your name, you won’t notice a big change. (Dallas Willard’s example from Day 4 of this week). This is the time to ask for forgiveness for your sins. Ask guidance for steps you can take in restoring relationships. Take all your feelings, cares and worries to him. Also praise him and thank him.

Contemplate the hope you have in what is to come as well as the help Jesus gives you now, to live in the present position he’s placed you. Be still and know He is God.

By Donna Burns  

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