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“[A]nd one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals” (Revelation 5:5).

Only One has overcome sin, death, and the devil.  Only One is worthy of all honor and praise.  Only One is the judge of the living and the dead.  The One has bid You come and follow Him.  The One has said that your sins are forgiven.  The One has set you upon a path to become like Him.  Come through the One and know life as He created it to be lived.  Do not weep but rejoice in God your Savior.

Lord, You have called me to come with You.  You have set before me the path of everlasting life.  Guide me, dear Lord, according to Your will so that I may not weep over this world that causes my lament.  Let me see the hope You give by faith so that I may walk humbly on the path You have set before me and rejoice in my Lord..  Lead me now and always to look to You, the One who is worthy to open the book.

Lord Jesus, You suffered more than I will ever know to set us free from sin, death and the devil.  Help me to take up my cross and follow You.  Guide me in the goodness You give, knowing that in You alone is hope.  Help me to stop weeping as if I had no hope and live in the hope and joy You give.  Lord, take away from me the sinful desire that wants to tell You what to do.  Help me look to You, my rock and my salvation, and follow as You lead.  Amen