Open Letter

Dear Lord,

I come before you this day, looking expectantly to You on this week of celebrating Your resurrection from the cross. In three days, You spoke, God would raise up this temple in three days1, and the unbelieving would scoff at the absurdity of this. Thank You for speaking in metaphors, that we can co-create with You, using our reasoning to seek out Your messages2.

Lord, I come before You, thanking You for hearing prayers to deliver us from this pestilence3. I stand in Your presence, waiting expectantly for Your answers to flow like water down from Heaven. Comfort and provide for the suffering, with signs, wonders and miracles.

In Your Name I Pray.

1 John 2:18-22
2 Proverbs 25:2
3 Psalms 91:3

Day 17

When you hear the word passion you might think of the ardor of lovers, or what you feel about the work that you do. But the word is more multi-faceted.

In Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (whew, what a long title!), one of the more interesting definitions was “nature” or “homeopathy.” In the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, another noticeable definition was “the state or capacity of being acted on by external forces.”

A lesser known definition is suffering. Jesus was so passionate about us, that he followed God’s plan to save us all, dying a cruel death on the cross.

Makoto Fujimura’s A Letter to North American Churches