Old Testament: Genesis 41:46-57
Morning Psalms: Psalms 56, 57, 58
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 4:8-21
Gospel: Mark 3:7-19a
Evening Psalms: Psalms 64, 65
Above all, I give thanks for this Lenten season and the opportunity to grow closer to you.
I know it seems like a cold, grey, and overall forlorn couple of months, but this time that we take each year to focus on our relationship with You is a blessing that I will always give thanks for. It’s not easy, living in this world as a follower of Christ. As a flawed individual, I have trouble overcoming my own perceptions of my flaws and the flaws of others, which hinders my efforts to do Your will. I doubt, fail, worry, guilt, and struggle. But God, please remind me every day that You created me exactly the way I was meant to be.
In today’s Gospel reading, Mark tells us who Jesus appointed as His apostles. Mark does this in such an interesting way because he doesn’t say, “John, who was the highest selling tradesmen in his area,” or “Paul, who could diagnose any illness from a brief glance.” This tells me that it didn’t matter to Jesus what these men had accomplished, or even what flaws they had. I live in a world where a name is only as good as its accomplishments. God, please give me the peace to know that You don’t care about what I’ve accomplished, but that You just care about me.
And Papa God, today I ask that You accept me in Your discipleship. I come before you flawed, under-accomplished, and broken. Help me strip those insecurities away so that I can help build Your kingdom and continue the work You have lovingly entrusted us to do, the work that You are lovingly entrusting me to do.
In Christ our Lord,