[PC-USA]  2020-03-103-10 - Lent Devotional - 24/7/365

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During this season of Lent, many people are giving up something, and they find that meaningful. We celebrated Lent faithfully for mamy years, as part of Reformed churches. This included meaningful services such as Ash Wednesday, Seder meals, Tenebrae services etc. The point of Lent, for many worshippers, is to meditate on Christ's sacrifice for us, as well as what we need to work on in our own spiritual lives. I am glad for those to whom giving up certain foods or habits is meaningful. But for me, the "logical to a fault" part of me has always figured that if I need to give something up for Lent, I likely need to give it up all the time - and if it isn't harmful to my spiritual life, then I do not need to dispense with it.

Instead, I believe that for me, Lent is a time to shore up what should be 24/7, year-round practices. As most of you know by now, we recently lost a beloved member of our family, our precious little Shiloh. It has been very hard for us without here here - for she was a psrt of everything we did, 24/7 for 5 1/2 years. We rarely left her alone for several reasons - and she had a role in everything that went on, from piano practice to yardwork to travel - everything. I believe that is how things should be in our relationships with God.

Sometimes we humans tend to compartmentalize. God is part of our church life and maybe our home life, but perhaps we tend to ignore Him at work, school, when we are driving (I know, now I am getting "meddling!") and every other part of our everyday lives.

Philippians 4:6 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

So when we are praying we need to pray about ALL parts of our lives, that we are good witnesses for Him. We need to consider what God thinks every time we start to do or say anything. God should be in our consciousness 24/7/365.

However you celebrate Lent or not - I hope that this will be a meaningful Easter season for you.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser


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