Fourth Week of Lent
Lent reminds us that we cannot save ourselves; we will not live forever. If we are not careful, during Lent we can begin to adopt a bleak outlook. While it is good that this observance reminds us of our place, Lent is not an end in itself. Rather, Lent sets the stage for God’s goodness and grace. God has provided an amazing plan for rescuing creation from its fallen state. God’s good gift given through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is available to all. Lent simply reminds us that we are not created to do it alone. We need God. In owning this, we can then accept God’s forgiveness. This forgiveness is deep and wide and is available to all who understand their need. God’s forgiveness allows us to rejoice in the redemption that comes with the Easter story.
Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 6
Prepare: Take some centering breaths. Straighten your posture. Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.
Use this sentence prayer to center you, such as: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Read: Read the scripture selection for today, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. If time allows, read at least one different translation. Write down any words or phrases that stand out.
Meditate: What words or phrases strike you? Read them again.
How are you feeling in your mind, body, when reading? What do you think this feeling means?
Pray: Say a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.