A Lenten Reflection
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” .
Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Welcome to February, the month of love. On Valentine’s Day, we recognize the love we have for one another. On
Ash Wednesday, Lent begins – a celebration of God’s love for us.
This year, both days fall on the same date, Wednesday, February 14.
Giving and expressing LOVE is something that God does well. God gives blessings in every occasion. God listens to our
concerns and gives us grace for the moment. And, God never leaves our side.
Lent marks the beginning of Christ’s sacrifice for us, and reminds us that we can turn away from sin and towards Him. Such a
gift of love is like no other in our lives.
The journey towards the cross is a never-ending pilgrimage of acknowledging our humanness and Christ’s divinity. We can
meet him on the road and walk by his side to experience both his passion and his resurrection.
All we need to do is to take the first step. The Holy Spirit will lead the rest of the way.
In visiting the Holy Land in 2016 and walking the Via Dolorosa, I experienced great emotion and connection to Christ. But,
what I recognized is that I often experience those same emotions while in worship, prayer and Bible study. Christ does not only
make his presence known in the holiest of places, but in the ordinary places as well.
In what ordinary places do you want to meet Christ? Through what persons and places will Christ choose to meet you this
Lenten season? Whatever that looks like for you, may this very personal journey bring you closer to
Christ and to one another. May you put your trust in Him, and may He give you peace.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you.