During the Season of Lent (that time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday) we begin a journey of coming closer to Christ Jesus whose life and ministry was conceived as a way to know God, himself.
There are acts of “giving up” things to humble us to understand the sacrifice Jesus set in the forty days in the desert.Others will fast during the Lenten Season, and others will use the time to deepen their relationship with God through meditation, prayer and digging deeper into the Word of God.
I find this time a restful and contemplative time to expand my own time of reflection on scripture and how God loves us without reservation. There are times when scriptures I have read for years reveal information that I have never thought about before. Or I read blogs or pieces written by peers who challenge what I believe, where I find (through the words of others) a more enhanced understanding—or should I say experiencing an epiphany?
This Lenten season I was asked to do reflections each day of Holy Week. So, I thought about the last week of Jesus’ life and decided on six reflections that would be pertinent for the week. The reflections I chose were, Faith, Hope, Love, Persecution, Surrender, Sorrow and Mystery, the last of which will be incorporated into my Easter Sunday service.
Wednesday’s reflection was LOVE, reminding us that God loved us first and always. Whatever we do to try and win his love, is for naught. God wants us to follow what Micah 6:8 says we must do…
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Whatever some may think about gaining favor for acts of kindness by bragging to those on earth, in order to gain favor with God is so off-the-mark. In the verse above, God says to act justly—to help others that have no voice; to love mercy—be merciful to others without getting anything in return; and to walk humbly like Jesus who walks beside God, the Heavenly Father and Creator of all.
I wish you all a blessed Resurrection Sunday. Happy Easter!