Lenten Reading for the First Sunday of Lent:

The 6 weeks before Easter is called the “Lenten season”. The word Lent is from an old English word related to “lenthen”, and meant springtime, when the days are lengthening. We use it to refer to the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

Lent is a process of prayer and spiritual renewal. Join me this Lenten season as we focus on the journey to the cross which Christ sacrificially took for you and for me. Renew your focus on Him. He kept His focus on the cross despite all the agony. His love for you was greater!

(For me this season is timely. I need to focus on Him and not all the agony around me. You’re welcome to join me in this journey.)

Light seven candles before reading.

God created the universe—from galaxies to water spiders. He created the breeze that calms us and the hurricane that terrifies us. All of it shows us what He is like, it displays His glory and personality. He calls to us daily when we look at His creation…

But… we can easily become blinded to the truth. Some of us take all of God’s creation for granted and say it just got there somehow—no need for God. Others of us worship the things that He created and don’t see Him behind it.

Where does your heart lie?

John 1:1-5;

Gen 1:1-2:3;

Romans 1:18-25

1. Read the passages above slowly. (Click on the passages for the link.)
2. Linger with them quietly.
3. Ask God what He is saying to you and how He invites you to respond.
4. Write out or say a prayer back to Him.
5. Thank Him for His message to you today.

Snuff out one candle. Do not light again until Easter Sunday.

Hold on, it gets better… His rescue plan would change history forever. He would bring justice for you and me. Need a sneak peek?

He is the God who pays back those who harm me;
and rescues me…
You hold me safe…”

(Reflect more on Psalm 18…)

More reflections to come…

Sources: Some of my own and some adapted from Ann Voskamp, http://www.aholyexperience,com; Noel Piper, http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/lenten-lights

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