Let Your radiance fall on me, Sun and Savior, Lighten my darkness.

A Prayer for Good Friday: The Light and the Glory

Perhaps we are all in a Good Friday mindset during this Holy Week of 2020. Many are suffering losses, both big and small, and whatever our physical disposition, our worlds have become smaller, and The World itself seems smaller to us after having watched an invisible virus find its way into nearly every country and small corner.

To help you along in your observance of Good Friday, I’m sharing a poem by Elisabeth Elliot that is also a prayer to help us think about why we persist in our celebration of Good Friday.  Certainly, we are limited in our ability to see one another’s faces today. We will not be gathering for ham and conversation around a loaded table on Easter Sunday, but there is one face we can behold with the eyes of our spirit, and I invite you now into that sacred beholding as we remember his death today:

The face of Jesus:
     marred more than any man–
     spit upon,
     slapped,
     thorn-pierced,
     bloodied,
     sweating,
     the beard plucked,
     twisted in pain–

For my salvation.

A glorious face, now.

Let its light shine on me, O Light of Life.
Let Your radiance fall on me, Sun and Savior,
Lighten my darkness.
Then grant me this by Your grace:
That I, in turn, may give
“The Light of the knowledge of the glory of God”
As I see it in the face of Jesus Christ.

May it be so.

Blessings to you as you behold his face,

Michele (1)

 

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10 thoughts on “A Prayer for Good Friday: The Light and the Glory”

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece by Betty Elliot, Michele. She was one special lady! I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to know her. I’m glad she allowed God to use her as He did. She certainly left a mark for His glory!!!

    Thank you for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

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  2. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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