We invite you to join us each week day for a short devotional.
For each week’s devotions, let me invite you to do a couple of things. First, light a candle to symbolize the Holy Spirit with you during this time. Second, grab some dirt from anywhere you can find it, maybe about a cup’s worth. Place it in a simple container where you can see it during your devotions. At times we will ask you to simple look at it. At other times you may want to feel it. Allow the dirt to be a symbol of God’s earthy grace to you.
God is not out there or back there or yet to be, but hidden in the most ordinary things of our ordinary lives.” – Sally McFagu
The single most important event for Christians since it’s very beginning is the resurrection of Jesus. The early church felt that Easter was a great time to celebrate new life and entrance into the body of Christ through the baptism of new believers. The forty days leading up to Easter (not including Sundays) were used as time of preparation based on Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness prior to his public ministry. This has come to be known as Lent. Lent comes to an end with the weight of our sins in focus as we remember the Passion of Jesus—the final hours of his life and his death upon the cross, and in eager expectation of Resurrection Day. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!
The Holy Spirit is also a part of the Lenten story. Jesus’ time in the desert was marked by the work of the Spirit from beginning to end. Jesus entered the desert “full of the Holy Spirit” and returned “in the power of the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit should be our guide through Lent Let me invite you to explore this Lenten season with an open heart to the work of the Spirit.