Watchword for the Week — Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13–14

Sunday, March 13

Lord, to you I have committed my cause. Jeremiah 11:20

Christ left you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:21,23

Ever-present God, when the urge to retaliate is strong, when bitterness easily rises up from inner places and we desire to hurt as we have been hurt, help us to face down temptation with strength and follow each footstep of Christ. Amen.