ON ASH WEDNESDAY we cut to the core of our existence. We are not what we eat. We are not what we do. We are not what we fear. We are human beings, created in the image of God; but we have accumulated all kinds of complexities that make our core identity, at times, hard to find.
Easter brings new beginnings, so during Lent we undergo a process of letting go. …
I encourage you to spend time with scripture readings, meditations, and with God. Allow God to speak and show you what you need to let go of.
You may even decide to give up something during Lent—a fast. Choose one activity, one luxury, or one item that will require effort on your part to give up during this time. Don’t simply give it up, but use it differently. You may choose to fast thirty minutes of sleep and spend that time in meditation. You may choose to drink water with your lunch rather than a soft drink. Put that money aside, and use it to enrich someone else’s life. Fasting teaches us that many things we take for granted are indeed luxuries or gifts.
- Wessel Bentley
The Miracles of Jesus
From pages 11-12 of The Miracles of Jesus: Meditations and Prayers for Lent by Wessel Bentley. Copyright © 2012 by Wessel Bentley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What is the Spirit leading you to do this Lenten season? Share your thoughts.
Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.
Psalm 91:14-16, NRSV
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This week we remember Valentine (February 14).
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