Reflections for Lent

by Mary Beth on February 21, 2018

Heavenly Father, thank you for new mercies this day; great is Thy faithfulness.

Let our souls rise to meet You, as the day will rise to meet the sun.

In the spiritual retreat of Lent, Thy will be done, that I be made like Christ.

Equip and teach us Your ways; to humbly follow the path You lead us on.

May the steps we take of how, when, and where lead to a greater trust in Christ.

We remember the temptations and testings you encountered and overcame.

Lord Jesus, give us the grace to do Your work, Your way.

Grant us Your mercies in obedience; to bear with one another;

to stand in trials and sufferings;

to persevere despite the taunts and doubts of the enemy.

Thank you for Your provision to walk by faith in biblical community.

We open our arms and hearts to one another,

as You strengthen us through a bond of peace.

We echo with John Emest Bode:

“O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my guide.
O let me feel Thee near me: the world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me, around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.”

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.
In Your beautiful name, Jesus, Amen.


We Are Deeply Loved

by Mary Beth on February 14, 2018

We Are Deeply Loved,

is beautifully written from a friend

and fellow Redbud writer, Michele Morin.

Michele is a gifted writer,

inviting us to ponder and pray not only on this Valentine’s Day,

but also into Lent season

the steadfast love of the LORD.

No greater love, enjoy!


On this collision of holidays
with ashes for mourning
and hearts for love,
We are grateful, Lord Jesus, for your perfect love
and for your wrath-absorbing sacrifice.
We confess that our own love is
and usually utterly dependent upon our feelings and our circumstances.
Thank you for your steadfast love that extends to the heavens and reaches to the clouds.

Today we pray for those who are mourning a loss,
For those who are facing discouraging family situations.
We lift up to you those who are in need, those who are discouraged,
And those who are slogging through seasons of loneliness, illness and pain.

We pray for words that are in process
As well as for those that are ready to be released into the world.
May they come forth in wisdom and be met with a warm welcome.

Even on this day of ashes and repentance,
We rejoice because the greater Truth is the forgiveness You extend, for
Although we are deeply flawed,
We know that we are deeply loved.


Able To Wait

by Mary Beth on January 23, 2018


                                                Faithful, purified remnant

                                          Able to wait attentively, expectant.

                                           Receiving a promise is movement

                                        From something, to something more.

           Learning to nurture the moment; active in the present.

 Not entangled in fears or wishes of control, but open-ended.

              Trust deeply, waiting heart, listen and rest content.

Our culture and society tends to move fast, efficient, and outward. Yet, as God’s children, He calls us to wait on the Spirit and stand confident in His Word, His promises that are life. His love, timing and embrace cover more activity within and without, than business we see so much of in our generation.


“Wait for the Lord; be strong
and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  ~Psalms 27:1