During Lent 2022, the congregation I pastor will be engaging in conversations around our past, present, and future. Together we are seeking to discern God's future for us.
I have written this Lenten Devotional to guide examination and reflection on your life and faith as well as the life and witness of our congregation.
Each day will have a prayer for discernment, a scripture reading, and questions for reflection.
Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Prayer for Week 1
Our Lord and our God, now as we read the scriptures and reflect on your Word, fill us with your Spirit. Soften our hearts that we may delight in your presence. Sharpen our minds that we may discern your truth. Shape our wills that we may desire your ways. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as our ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life.”
How does God see you?
How would you live if you truly accept that you are loved by God?
What things seem overwhelming to you?
Think of a time when God was with you in difficulty, how did you feel?