SATURDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENTPreparing for Next WeekHas Lent felt long for you this year, or has it gone by quickly? What have been the graces for you? Do you feel more grounded or closer to God? What prayer, fasting, or almsgiving disciplines have been fruitful for you this season?Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the beginning… Continue reading Preparing for Next Week
FRIDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT Listen to Someone Else For I hear many whisperings: ‘Terror is all around!’ ... But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior. —Jeremiah 20:10-11 Forget about whispering; we hear much of the media and plenty of individual cynics shouting, “terror is all around!” Between the terror of the… Continue reading Listen to Someone Else
THURSDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT When Do I Seek Strength? Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. —Psalm 105:4 Theoretically, I want to follow this entreaty all the time. Realistically, I find that more often than not, I make time to seek the Lord’s presence when things are difficult. When I beg… Continue reading When Do I Seek Strength?
WEDNESDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT Choosing Truth You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. —John 8:31-32 I am sometimes struck that Jesus said, “The truth will make/set you free” instead of “The truth will make things easier.” We have discovered that telling the truth is sometimes more painful than telling… Continue reading Choosing Truth
TUESDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT Worn Out by the Journey From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of… Continue reading Worn Out by the Journey
MONDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT Invitation to Rest The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. —Psalm 23:1-3 When I was a kid, I did not understand why people seemed to like Psalm 23 so much.… Continue reading Invitation to Rest
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT Following Your Conscience I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. —Jeremiah 31:33 As far back as the time of Jeremiah, hundreds of years before Jesus lived, our ancestors in faith understood… Continue reading Following Your Conscience
SATURDAY, FOURTH WEEK OF LENT How Is Your Lent Going? Now that we are at the end of the fourth week of Lent, this is an excellent time to review the past few weeks. How has this season been for you? Have you felt yourself in a desert wilderness? How so? Has it felt like… Continue reading How Is Your Lent Going?
FRIDAY, FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Jesus Has Been There The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. —Psalm 34:18 Given the choice, I would prefer to follow a God who would protect me from ever having a broken heart. Short of that, I am grateful that I was born into… Continue reading Jesus Has Been There
THURSDAY, FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Idolatry Today They have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it. —Exodus 32:8 The thing about idols is that those worshiping them do not think they are… Continue reading Idolatry Today