Weekend Stuff: The Most Merciful Weekend

Happy Friday!

And what a good, good Friday it is.

I describe Weekend Stuff as a collection of mercies in different mediums that help lead to soul-level rest and restoration. Typically, it’s a generous use of the word “mercy” – one that includes all the many ways we can inch ever so slightly back towards God’s original design in the Garden. I believe we can find this in the foods we eat, the way we treat our planet, the products we use in our home and on our bodies, the books we read on the train, and so forth.

But today, I’m using the word in the more traditional sense. In fact, the most traditional sense. The definition of the word itself.

Today we celebrate the most beautiful display of mercy ever known on this side of heaven. The mercy to which all other moments and mites of mercy point. Today we remember that the deepest and darkest corners of our soul are covered in unyielding grace. Today we remember the sacrifice given for the sins of our past, present, and future. Today we remember the forgiveness that flowed from the cross on the hill. Today we remember that Sunday is coming.

There’s so much goodness in recipes and recycling and short stories and skin care. But the grace we find within them are for a different day.

Today is for reverence, for remembrance, for hope, for hallelujah.

The Reason for God – Tim Keller

For those of you who read this intro and rolled your eyes a little because you’re not so sure you buy it. Or for those of you who just want a little encouragement. This book covers why bad things happen to good people, if there really is only one true religion, the injustice of the church, the argument of science, and so much more.

The Valley of Vision

This was one of my first “mercies” in my weekly newsletter (who was here since then??) but deserves a second shoutout. This little book of prayers adds so much depth and devotion to my morning quiet times. The beauty and reverence in these words is unmatched. I highly recommend.

His Mercy is More – Matt Papa

My friend @caradavidson submitted this on Monday (over achiever) and its such a beautiful mix of immense depth in the lyrics and yet simplicity in the arrangement. So, so good.

Words from the Cross – Trust

This Church of the City podcast is a must-hear. As we look at Jesus’ final words on the cross, we see his ultimate surrender to the Father as in contrasts to “the spirit of control that so dominates our lives today.”

At The Cross (Love Ran Red) – Chris Tomlin

As the ever lovely Lori Laake put it in her submission, this song is an “oldie but a goodie.” Such a sweet reminder and declaration of what this day means and how we should respond.

Ten Ways Easter Changes Everything – John Piper

“At first, it can seem like to claim that the resurrection changes everything is an example of hype, but as you read the Bible and you understand all that flows out of Jesus’s resurrection, it is no exaggeration to say that Jesus rising from the dead literally changes everything.”

A Prayer for Good Friday

“Because you were fully forsaken, we are forever forgiven. Because you exhausted God’s judgment against our numberless sins, we now live by the gift of your perfect righteousness”

What does this weekend mean to you? How you carry the weight of today and celebrate the freedom of Sunday?

What songs / sermons / articles should I have included?

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