Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lent 1: Long haul

Day One of Lent. Having blogged previously as a Lent discipline, I know it's going to be a long haul. Somewhere in the middle, or maybe two thirds of the way through, I'll wonder why I bother writing.

There's something about perseverance that produces fruit. Not every day in the cycle of an apple tree is filled with sunshine. Not every day of our spiritual journey is uplifting or exciting, either. However, it will be a privilege to write reflections in the weeks leading to the celebration of Christ's resurrection.

We don't know how much the human Christ could see in advance. Steadily, with great courage and perseverance, he strode toward the cross. We take heart from his example.

God's peace to you today!
In times of trouble, may the LORD answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.

May he grant your heart's desires and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers. Psalm 20:1–4 NLT

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. …Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else?" Romans 8:28, 32 NLT

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