Traveling on the Lenten Journey

We are winding down to the final days of the Lenten season, the holiest of weeks, when we reflect upon the greatest sacrifice made by Jesus, to save us, each and everyone of us, from our sins. The reality of that week is just so hard to fathom, the hatred of people that wanted Jesus nailed to a cross, the beatings and humiliation Jesus endured and all because of what? His teachings, healings and love for God. As a result, he endured much suffering and eventual death and then the resurrection from death itself occurred. So many spiritual events occurred in such a short time.

This week seems like it is a busy time for us as well with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday services and Easter celebrations and yet in comparison, it really isn’t a drop in the bucket to all that occurred in that first Holy week. In honor of Jesus, we observe these passing days, we gather in worship and we focus on the events as they occurred. Or do we say, I don’t have time, or they don’t pertain to me? Jesus died for all of us. Let us make time and take time to honor and worship him and spend time in reflection and eventual celebration of Christ’s love for us through the Easter promise. We are One in the Spirit.

Dear God, We are on the journey to the cross. Please keep us focused on Holy week, and let us not be distracted by unnecessary activities. We give thanks in our humble way for all that you have provided us and your teachings of love, honor, hope, respect, and faith are exactly what we need to reflect in these final days of Lent. Thanks for your love for us and Your gift of eternal life. Thank you for allowing us to journey with you. Amen

Wendy Saathoff

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