Posted by: Bro Jer | March 6, 2011

Prisoner to Prisoner Devotional 3-6-11

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

“Hear, O Israel:  The Lord is our God…love the Lord God with all your heart.”

Deuteronomy 6: 4-5

Praise In The Morning

Psalms 148-150 are the crowning chapters of the Psalter.  They are called the “Laudatory Psalms,” and it is from them that we get the name of the morning service of Lauds, a service focused on the praise of God.  We lift our voices each morning, filled with the love of God just as the above Verses from Deuteronomy ask us to do.

Ten days ago we celebrated the graduation of Kairos #26.  It was a great weekend and an amazing closing service.  Over 250 people from the inside and outside communities crowded into the visiting room.  Together we listened to the testimonies, the fourth-day speaker, and sang praises.  The next morning the institution went on lockdown, a harsh one with a strike force of over 55 guards tearing through our meager possessions.  But, as a Benedictine, I still read the service for Lauds every morning.  Even on lockdown I took time to read, study, and pray.  Each morning as I lifted my voice with these Psalms, it lifted my heart.

The celebrations of Kairos were a mountaintop experience.  But the God of the mountaintop is also the God of the valley.  The promises of God that were true on Sunday night at the closing were also true on Wednesday afternoon during the searches.  Prison life has been a constant cycle of a few ups and a lot of downs, but God has carried me through it all; and I turn to praise God again and again.- M.B.H.

Psalm 148, 149, 150       Deut. 6:1-9       Heb. 12:18-29       John 12:24-32 

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+++BroJer

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