CCPC 2018 Lent and Holy Week Blog
How do you walk in the way of grace? Journey through Lent and Holy Week with your CCPC family.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work.
As a child I was mystified that adults had to be commanded not to work on Sunday. Of course God wasn’t commanding play instead of work, but quiet and soul-searching. Rest from workaday strivings to refresh ourselves physically and spiritually for his service.
In the time of Exodus, keeping the sabbath holy was a sacrifice for the poor, who worked to survive, and even for the elite, who had to make do without their servants. Today our churches make it easy for us. We show up, and are blessed with soul-stirring sermons, music, offerings of Christ’s peace, and more.
But what about sacrifice? During this Lenten season, let us remember why we need self-denial and self-discipline. Let it be a season for reflecting on Christ’s suffering for us. For solemnity and penitence.
Dear Jesus, in our Lenten fasts and prayers, may we be humbled by your supreme sacrifice, sorrowful for our sins, and quieted for your grace to enter. AMEN
Published on Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 6:55 AM CDT
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
Yeah there was a time I made M&Ms an idol, and it isn’t much progress to say that I’ve moved up to Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts. It isn’t that I worship them, but have I ever spent more focus on them than with God? Sadly a time or two. Still there are bigger obstacles. I don’t really care so much about celebrities, but I certainly put money in front of God. I spend too much time counting up retirement savings or thinking about investments. In this case, I confront my idol worship by giving it away.
Since I also put TV time and web surfing (or even more stupidly solitaire – aaaggghh!) in front of God, how do I confront that? I think I need to spend more time with God and serving (church, community, mission, …).
I know I’m a better person, and I have a better relationship with God when I fill up with God and leave less room for all the other things I so easily put in front of God. This Lenten season I’ve tried to start the habit again of starting the day with a good Bible reading – not just a daily verse or a devotion but spending time. To be honest I haven’t done very well but I’ve started and I’m not going to give up.
Father, Mother, Jesus, Holy Spirit thank you for so many blessings. Forgive me for being fearful to even ask for a life that puts you first in all things because I’m scared what that looks like. Forgive me for being comfortable or just lazy to leave things as they are. Pray for the discipline to start my day with you. AMEN
Published on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 @ 6:43 AM CDT
2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me.
Personally, I have a lot of gods. It’s a constant struggle. There’s the god of time and the god of work and the god of wanting to have a clean house with all the laundry done. There’s the god of buying something that pleases me and trying not to be jealous of others’ travels or possessions. HAVE NO GODS BEFORE ME. What does that look like in my life? It is a journey of focus for lent and for life.
Gracious God, help me to have only you as my God. Help me to avoid the land of slavery to other gods that is right here, today. AMEN
Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 5:33 AM CDT