Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blogging toward Sunday

The readings for worship on Sunday include Philippians 3:17-4:1 and Luke 13:31-35. Prayerfully read through each passage at least twice. While reading, pay particular attention to how Jesus and Paul demonstrate their deep, deep love for God's children.

In the gospel reading, Jesus laments over Jerusalem, saying, "How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings..."

Image by Sarah Smith via Wikimedia Commons

During the week, take some time to reflect on the following:
  1. How do you tend to imagine God? 
  2. Do you tend to experience God only as Father, but never as Mother? If so, why?
  3. How does it make you feel that God longs to care for you in a gentle, maternal way? 
  4. Do you resist such care? If so, why?
May this prayer that I happened upon bring you ever closer to God's amazing love:
God of steadfast love, the third day will always set our hearts dancing with joy. For on that day, the work Jesus began in Galilee and carried to the cross in Jerusalem was finished in an empty tomb. Yet, we can never forget the powerful love needed to carry Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem's cross. That love was, and is, for us. And that love makes our Savior's name more precious to us. Thank you God, for Jesus Christ. Amen and amen!
I trust that your Lenten practice/s are going well and that throughout this important season of the church year, you will be strengthened, refreshed and renewed.

As always, I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday.

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