When we were babies, we had no shame about crying for help. We can't remember it, but when we were hungry, we cried out. When we had wet our diapers and felt uncomfortable, we cried out for help. When we were hurting or wanted to be lifted up out of our crib after our nap, we cried out. Then, as we grew, we became self-conscious. Somewhere we learned that crying out when we are hurt or in need is embarrassing, wrong, and weak. Somewhere between the time when we were babies and today we learned to suppress our feelings and pretend that everything is fine. Even when it comes to prayer, we hold back our true feelings, afraid that we are not worthy to share our truth with God.

The writer of Psalm 4, David, the shepherd boy who later became king, is not afraid to cry out! He trusts in a God who he knows loves him as a parent loves a baby. He begins this psalm boldly by saying, “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress” (NIV). David feels no shame. He does not apologize for his feelings or hold them in. Instead, like a baby crying out for a parent to come and bring comfort, he cries out. And as he continues to cry out, he indeed finds the comfort he was seeking. By the end of the psalm he is filled with joy and peace and is ready to lie down and sleep. Like a troubled child soothed by its parent, the psalmist moves from distress to comfort.

O God, in my times of pain and distress, remind me that you love me as parents love their baby. Give me the courage to cry out to you, trusting in your love so that I may find the joy, rest, and peace only you can give to me. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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Leer Luke 24:36-48

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Leccionario Semanal
April 12–18, 2021
Resumen de la Escritura

A repeating theme in scripture is our failure to recognize God’s work among us. In Acts, Peter declares that the death of Jesus happened because his fellow Israelites acted in ignorance. The psalmist decries the fact that so many people follow lies, yet God’s blessings for the faithful continue unhindered. John tells his audience to expect that the world will not recognize them as God’s children because the world did not recognize God to begin with. In Luke, Jesus appears to his doubting disciples. He proves the reality of his resurrection by allowing them to touch his body and by eating food in their presence. Only then do they feel certain that they recognize him. In what places in our lives do we not recognize God’s work?

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Acts 3:12-19. Recall a moment when you felt the presence of Christ in your life in an unexpected way. How does that moment stay with you in the times when you feel overwhelmed?
Read Psalm 4. Do you feel free to cry out to God when you are in distress? If not, what inhibits you?
Read 1 John 3:1-7. How does your identity as a child of God empower you to deeds of love in your daily life?
Read Luke 24:36b-48. What story of the risen Christ do you have to share with others? How will you share your story?

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