Saturday after Ash Wednesday

prayer candles2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~ Hebrews 12:2-3 (NASB)

In our self-centeredness and sin, we prefer not to suffer at all. We want people to like us, not dislike or mock us. Yet Jesus endured hostility—even hate that killed Him—and looked ahead to His glory rather than complaining about the pain of torture and the shame of the cross.

Lord, my God, let me follow the example of Jesus. Let me willingly and joyfully sacrifice to become closer to You. Let me ignore the disregard of the world. Point my eyes toward Heaven and You and away from the things of the earth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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