During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Observing Lent has been an event that I became familiar with at an early age. My parents taught me that during Lent we were to “give up” something that we really liked (for me Three Musketeers candy bars) and take the money we would use on making us happy and give it to the church, so others would be happy. I went along with this, but it was a challenge. In preparation for Lent, I would make sure I had my fill of Three Musketeers before the arrival of Ash Wednesday.
Thankfully, as I have grown up, my preparation for Lent has changed. I look at what is of value to me, at the time, and in observance deny myself this pleasure. But also, I have learned that just forgoing the pleasure part is not all that I can do to prepare for Easter. Now that I am a Grandad, I have come to appreciate the value of spending time with Grandchildren. Not to say that I didn’t spend time with my kids when they were growing up, but as a grandparent, I can plan time just being with my grandkids. No scheduled events, no driving to practice, just spending time. I think that it is what God desires from us. Our most precious commodity-time.
At the beginning of Lent, I have a daily devotional, spending time with God each day. Typically, what happens is when Lent begins I am very disciplined. I read a chapter of scripture and then pray. The closer I get to Easter, it seems that my devotional time gets squeezed by other events that I let interrupt my time with God. Always, my intentions after Lent has passed, is to continue my daily devotional. Some days / weeks I am more successful in keeping my pledge, but I still let other thigs take priority. What can be more important than spending time with God?
We are all living our lives with a full schedule each day. Work, children, aging parents to take care of…. (fill in the blank). We need the Holy Spirit, a gift God makes available to us for this purpose, to help us make time with / for our Heavenly Father.
What could be more important?
Lord, we ask your help with our commitment of spending more time with you, in your presence, each day. Amen