Second Sunday in Lent

Welcome to Lent!!

(If you’re coming into this brand new, you might want to check out my first post in this series, so you know better than to view this as any sort of ‘proper’ Lenten observance.)

How was your week?

Did you find any opportunities to slow down and focus on what you have decided to prioritise for Lent?

My week was a little more focused than last.

Partly out of that intentional ‘Lent deserves better!’ mindset; and, yes, partly because I was starting to lose my mind with so many things so UNfocussed.

I really enjoyed the ‘theme’ of this past week’s verses.

That interplay of sin entering the situation and God having it covered. Over and over. It’s a good reminder, I think, for those days when we are tempted to see it as

‘Yeah, God saved us, but now YOU’VE gone and messed it all up!’.

Or perhaps, ‘Yeah, God saved us, but then I went and messed it all up .’

I’m not an advocate of testing God, but most of us do have far too narrow an image of his grace.

I like the verses for this week too.

They feel gentler … more … about the solutions God makes than the problems we make.

If you’re interested in those, here is the whole shebang  all together from the Lectionary.

Or, the individual readings are:

 

Genesis 12:1-4(a)   But hey, go wild: read verse 4 all the way to the end!

Psalm 121

Romans 4:1-5 and 13-17 

John 3:1-17  OR  Matt 17:1-9    (I have it on good authority that you can also read both of these, if you really want to!)  😉 

And the Lectionary would never leave us without PRAYERS and ART!

To my mind, the second prayer itself is art:

Artist of souls,
you sculpted a people for yourself
out of the rocks of wilderness and fasting.
Help us as we take up your invitation to prayer and simplicity,
that the discipline of these forty days
may sharpen our hunger for the feast of your holy friendship,
and whet our thirst for the living water you offer
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Isn’t that an evocative perspective?

 

The next Lent Post will be Sunday, 19 March.

 

 

Be well.

 

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