Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

To be honest, in a way, as a preacher, most of the work I do is simply getting things ready for the arrival of Jesus. I work on sermons and I preach my heart out on Sunday morning. But even in my best efforts, I do not make Jesus available to you. That is something only Jesus can do. I’m the advance–person. I’m just the preparer of the way, the one who is  in charge of the room arrangements; I’m not the way. I test the mic with Ed and Dave. I try to make certain that everybody gets the information they need for the day, images, song requests, scripture passages, or other special items, so we can all get on the same page. But the presence of God, the voice of God, is something that I don’t do. I prepare the way. I just get things ready.

“If in a sermon that I preach to you, you feel your life seized, caught up in the grand  purposes of God, It is an act of God, a free, sovereign, condescension of God to you. All I do is get things ready.” ~ Dr William Willimon Retired Dean of the Chapel at Duke, and Bishop of Alabama

For further reflection read –Isaiah 55:1-8, Psalm 63:1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-3, and  Luke 13:1-9.

Prayer concerns: That what is Caesar’s might be Caesar’s and what is God's might be God's. For proper preparation. And for Roger Larson who gets a new hip today.

What does preparation look like or feel like to you?  Here is one way to do preparation depicted in the film “Godspell”


What are you doing to prepare this Lent? What is God doing to you?

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

*Join us in reading the Daily Texts.

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