These forty days

On this Ash Wednesday evening, with 40 days of Lent having just begun, the words of this hymn reflect my heart well.  May they minister to your heart as well.  And as you consider what your next 40 days will look like, be sure to watch this amazing video featuring 40 drawings of Jesus in the wilderness by Si Smith, and the song “40 Days” by Matt Maher.  Be blessed!

Lord, who Throughout these forty days,
For us did fast and pray,
Teach us with you to mourn our sins,
And close by you to stay
As you with Satan did contend,
And did the vict’ry win,
O give us strength in you to fight,
In you to conquer sin.
As you did hunger and did thirst,
So teach us, gracious Lord,
To die to self, and so to live,
By your most holy word.
And through these days of penitence,
And through your Passiontide,
Forevermore, in life and death,
O Lord, with us abide.
Abide with us, that when this life
Of suffering is past,
An Easter of unending joy
We may attain at last.