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I love the Lenten season! 🙂
Passover (some call it ‘Easter’) is the most important event in our world history, and yet it can sneak up on us. We often spend so much time focusing on Christmas, that we forget Part 2, …the dying to self-part and receiving new life in Christ! Christmas is receiving God’s gift under the tree and Passover / Easter is opening it!
It is a season, not just a week or a day, and it all starts on a Wednesday. The countdown to Easter Sunday is called “Lent” referring to a lengthening of days as the days get longer with Springtime! Lent is a time that we remember to die to our selfishness, and to choose to live free in Christ!
This year I look forward to using the daily verses (see Year C below) and the Divine Reading template. Come and allow Jesus to bring you new life through these daily readings…
1. List of Scriptures – Year C – Lent : Revised Common Lectionary
2. Your Guide – Reflective Reading Template (Lectio Divina)
Light three candles.
God wants people to live a full life. And the only way we can is by following his instructions. So he gave us his Word, his written Word, to make very clear to us where our life comes from and how we can keep it.
BUT again and again we think our ideas are better than God’s. And we turn from life to death.
Psalm 19:7-11; Daniel 9:4-11
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.
More reflections to come…
Sources: Some of my own and some adapted from Noel Piper, http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/lenten-lights