Love Story

Blessings to you the people of the Ashes,

Donald D. Miller writes in his book “Searching for God Knows What” (pg 122): “If you believe Jesus was God, and Christ came to earth to walk among us, the first thing you start considering is that God might actually care. Why else would something so great become something so small? God didn’t close Godself off in a neighborhood with the Trinity; God actually left God’s neighborhood and moved to ours, like a very wealthy and powerful person moving into the slums of Chicago or Houston or Calcutta, living on the streets as a peasant.

I started thinking about the idea my friend at the Bible college suggested about how , if God is a perfect and loving Being, the most selfless thing God could do would be to create other beings to enjoy him. And then I started thinking that if those creatures fell away from God, the most selfless thing a perfect and loving Being could do would be to go and get them, to try to save them from the death that would take place in God’s absence.”

I like how Miller captures the love story of God and humanity. It is the ultimate tale for Valentine’s Day. The story runs so deep that even in the ashes of our death, Christ is coming for the ones he loves! The truth of this Love Story runs from Ash Wednesday through Lent into Holy week and hits the ultimate climactic moment of all history in Easter's truth. Come be part of the journey!

Hold in prayer: Your personal and communal Lenten practices of prayer, scripture reading, worship, service and fasting.

I invite you to the “Come and Go Ash Wednesday Worship” tonight at Rock Canyon High School, 5:30pm-7pm.

Pray for the event at the Denver Zoo this Saturday Feb 17 from 10am to 2pm with Rev Kelly’s Children from Open Door, it will be great to see you there.

On Sunday you will hear from myself and some of the other 11 in the God's Grace team that helped lead worship at our sister congregation, Hopewell Baptist, near Booneville, Mississippi last weekend.

For further reflection on Ash Wednesday see:

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Isaiah 58:1-12

Psalm 51

2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10

Matthew 6:1-21

Still in One Peace, Pastor David J. Jensen

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