God is at work.
For the past few weeks I have been telling people that this is the most encouraged I have been in terms of seeing a difference among our teens. There has been a softening that has worked its way into the heart of this group, leavening the whole from one person to the next. We are seeing as fulfillment what Ezekiel saw as promise–the Lord “removing the heart of stone…and giving [his people] a heart of flesh” (Ezek. 36:26); his vision, our testimony. God is faithful.
Tonight on my way home I had such a heavy burden to pray. Of all the things that could be prayed about concerning this group, I had but one burden accompanied with one image from one passage of Scripture. The image is a particular painting (below) that I saw hanging in the house of a friend who has since moved away. But the image has not moved away. It has lived in my heart as perhaps one of the truest and most beautiful expressions of a person’s response to the grace of God that could ever be expressed in a single image. And I am committed to praying over the next six weeks that the truth that is captured in this passage and in this image would become the only natural expression in the life of our teens, so that together we can enter our Easter celebration with hearts recklessly spilling over with gratitude at the feet of the One whose grace knows no bounds, whose love knows no bottom, whose bleeding heart knows every name.
My daily prayer for our youth this Lenten season is simply this: Jesus, show our kids how much they have been forgiven so that they can see how much they are loved (Lk. 7:36-50).
“There is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper still” (Corrie ten Boom).