Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Morning Psalms: Psalms 63, 98
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:17-31
Gospel: Mark 2:18-22
Evening Psalms: Psalms 103 

DEVOTIONAL

“But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them,
and on that day they will fast.”
(Mark 2:20)

As a Christian, I believe that Christ is always with me. But for Lent, I consider a life without Christ, and so I fast. For forty days I sacrifice something that is important to me. This fast isn’t supposed to be easy. In fact, the more difficult it is, the more I should be relying on God.

I think that is why I always fall short on my fasting. It’s not that it’s too difficult — aren’t all things possible with God? They are, but honestly, I still try to tackle fasting on my own. I don’t put God first; I put my own will power first. I treat fasting during Lent no different than a New Year’s Resolution.

Today is the first Sunday in Lent. Depending on your tradition, it’s actually a day to rest from fasting. I will use it as a day to reflect on my Lenten Fast. How well did I do these past four days? Did I offer my fasting as a sacrifice to God, or was it simply an exercise in my own will power? Have I been asking God to help me honor my fasts? Have I been allowing enough space in my life for God to work?
Dear God, I pray for me and for my fellow Christians. May we always put God’s love and power ahead of our own will power. Rather than worry about having a “successful” Lent, may we, instead, honor our commitments to God.
MT


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