Lent ~ A Time to Renew
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
~Psalm 51:10-16 (NIV)
Lent is a time that we remember that we are each a child of God. Made in His image we are drawn into a relationship with Him. He goes before us, has a plan for our lives, and loves us with a passion. God is waiting for us to come to Him, to depend on Him, to reconcile our hearts to Him .
Lent is about making an inventory of our lives. It’s about asking ourselves what our life is about and if our relationship with God is what it could be. Lent is also about repentance. It’s about turning towards God and away from sin and the pain life has caused us. It’s about giving our whole life to Christ.
We like the idea of all of this … but you ask, “can I do this?” One-step-at-a-time we can grow to understand how faith and grace work. We have the best guide in the
world … The Holy Spirit. You see, Christ goes before us and runs after us to try and win us over. There has never been such a love like this in heaven or on earth.
I know I want that kind of love. I’m sure you do, too. We can have it. It is ours to have when we turn over our lives to Christ. Our family, our work, and our actions can
be transformed with just a simple prayer: “God I want your love and your forgiveness.” Life can begin anew, believe me!
My life has been transformed bit-by-bit by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This transformation continues, and God is not finished with me – or you – yet!
The changing of our hearts is a Holy process. Lent is a time to meditate on the Word of God and to listen for God to speak. To make room for Christ, we must move aside all those things that get in the way of our discovery of who He is.
What are you seeking after? What things in your life need rearranging? I pray you will make room in your life and in your heart this Lent to wait upon the Lord. He WILL speak; He WILL rearrange; He WILL make you new.
Blessed Lenten Journey,
~ Pastor Karen