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 don’t mistake this for any sort of ‘proper’ Lenten observance.)
The THIRD Sunday in Lent. Half of Lent is gone and I’m only just catching up!!
If one is generous enough to look upon me as catching up even yet. Oy! But, it’s been a pretty good week. I’ve worked a good deal on trusting God this week, and really discussing each of my many options and next steps with him instead of (at least before!) freaking out.
How was your third week of Lent?
Is anyone else using some of the Lectionary verses or prayers? (or even ART ?!)
How’s that going?
This next set is interesting.
I don’t exactly get the connection between the first and the last, and I have to admit that the bit from Exodus has never been in my Top Ten Beloved Bible Passages.
For the longest time I read sections like this and wondered why on Earth God put up with the Israelites, and what possible value we could be getting out of their story – mostly of whining, snivelling, freaking out, and turning their backs on God. Despite the AMAZING things he had JUST DONE FOR THEM!!
Then I got older, and did a lot of time whining, snivelling, and freaking out.
I got a lot more grateful for these examples of what God will do despite our merit. I still don’t understand why he puts up with us, but I’m grateful.
If there is a theme to this week’s selections, it seems to go
- Israelites whining and snivelling, God being shockingly gracious about that.
- Joyful Psalm of Praise to God; with admonition not to be like the Israelites when they were whining and snivelling.
- Notes on how even when we were whiners and snivelers, our faith in what God does was all that really mattered.
- And … I guess the section from John is perhaps an in vivo example? The woman at the well doesn’t seem overly snivelly to me, but she, too is an example of restoration being more about God’s doings than about ours. Best I’ve got on that one…
If you’re making use of some of the week’s verses, here they are all in one place.
OR, you can check out those pieces that most appeal to you:
If you checked out the prayers last week, this week’s thematic PRAYERS will hold a remarkable familiarity – presumably indicating that there IS a theme, though I am refraining from looking up any further intel on Lent until it is over!
And last but not least, Lenten ART. I’m still a little Philistine in this area, though I do like the one from Jesus Mafa. It reminds me of many real-village-life scenes I’ve been part of, or seen, so it feels authentic.
The next Lent Post will be Saturday, 25 March.