Father of all the mercy and grace in our lives. Hope of all nations, cities and states from tiny to hard-to-imagine proportions. Spirit of all comfort and power and inspiration and beauty. Our God who is three-in-one, would You permeate every area of our lives? From the quiet before we wake up to the clamor of our crazy commutes to the easy joy of watching over our children’s hard-fought sleep. Would You make Your warmth and peace and prodding and leading known to us? To those around us? That peace that is desperately needed. That ability to love and listen to our neighbor. That propensity to forgive and seek to understand when all we want is to retreat into familiar and exclusive. Father, Son, Spirit move us. We need You. We love You. We welcome You today.
During this season of Lent (the 40 days leading up to Good Friday minus Sundays) many of us give things up. Fasting certain foods, repenting of attitudes and sin that we long to be free from. And this is good. This is powerful. But what if we viewed these practices, these rhythms as what they truly are: an invitation. An invitation to go deeper. Deeper into the presence of God. Deeper into His heart. Deeper into His ways… mercy, compassion, love. What if our over-arching, all-consuming goal is be more like Jesus when we get to Easter? What would happen in our lives and the lives of those around us if we were more like Him? Let’s see. Let’s press into all that God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit is inviting us into. I believe my life and your life can be gloriously new in 40 days. Do you?