Here we find ourselves on day 4 of the Online Stations of the Cross, where we explore the experience of being denied. Slowly browse these photos as you consider your own experience of being denied. Following the images, you will find a corresponding Bible verse and prayer. (Note: Submit your photos now and tag @OakHouseRetreats #denied).
Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with
Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there,
“This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your
accent gives you away.”
Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the
rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Matthew 26: 69-75
Father, how easy it is to deny the truth when faced with persecution. Give me the strength by your
Spirit to stand with Jesus in the truth, even when it feels risky.