Day 4 of Thy Kingdom Come
Then the cock crowed. And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about. “At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept (Mark 14:68-72).
Oh God of the cock-crow and the bitter tears, may our hearts be truly broken by every denial of your long, suffering love for us, every rejection of each other, every cowardly and self-protective moment. With the morning, bring your mending so that dauntless we may find ourselves able to walk the way of the cross again. Amen.