Lent #5 ~ April 6

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The Way of Lent

April 6, 2019

Psalm 126 • Isaiah 43:16-21Philippians 3:4-14John 12:1-8

Lent can be a grind. In one way, it is meant to be a grind. It is meant to feel burdensome. Christ’s suffering and death, along with his resurrection are not just days on the calendar or historical events. They are not merely objects of study. They are experiences of God. Therefore, they are worthy to be engaged with more than just our minds but with our hearts as well. (And also with our empty stomachs.)

Lent is a journey to God, by and with God. Lent is a journey into God through Christ and by the Holy Spirit. This journey is difficult (on purpose) and comforting. God is with us even when we don’t feel that he is. Even when we would prefer that he wasn’t.

Our wills, our minds, and our hearts are unruly. This season may have revealed that to you. May God’s grace descend upon us in such a way that we encounter Christ in our hunger pains, our bad dreams, and our countless joys.

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Paul Hill