Week 17 Recap: Days 97-102

Devotion by: Jon Michael Richardson

Life is not always sunshine, rainbows, and puppies (though that would be awesome!). Life is hard because this is not the way it is supposed to be. There is darkness, hurt and shame. This week we see sorrow, murder, destruction, betrayal, and anguish. Pretty heavy to say the least. This week wouldn’t make it on the brochure of reasons to follow Jesus. One of the many beauties of Jesus is that He understands our highs and our lows because He experienced it all.

This week tells me how much Jesus must love me. It speaks of a deeper love than I can ever appreciate. I see His pain and suffering, and it tells me that no matter what I have done or what I’m going through, I have worth in Jesus Christ. Even knowing what was ahead for Him, He did it anyway, for me.

Jesus Himself drew near,
And joined them as they walked,
And soon their hearts began to burn,
As of Himself He talked:
Draw near, O Lord.

Jesus Himself drew near,
They were no longer sad;
When He was walking at their side,
How could they but be glad?
Draw near, O Lord.

Jesus Himself drew near,
And all their doubts were solved;
He showed them why Christ came to die,
And what that death involved:
Draw near, O Lord.

Jesus Himself drew near,
And at the journey’s end
They could not let Him leave them thus,
The Stranger was their Friend:
Draw near, O Lord.

-Ada Ruth Habershon

Jessica Spivey