Here’s a meditation we did last year in a worship gathering. It seemed like the approach to Good Friday and Easter is the right time to post it. One of the most important things to do when contemplating is to leave time for it. I’ll let the ambiguity of that phrase stand. Be still. Don’t rush on to the next thing. Ask God to help you be present to Him as completely as you can, rather than dividing your time and attention. Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart. In fact, approaching this meditation from the context of Colossians 3:15-17 is the way to go:
Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you
there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen
wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Almighty
God, our Redeemer, in our weakness we have failed to be your messengers of
forgiveness and hope. Renew us by your Holy Spirit, that we may follow your
commands and proclaim your reign of love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
[Journey to the Cross, p.64]