Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Midweek Moment

Today is Ash Wednesday, which begins our 40 day observance of Lent in preparation for Easter. Tonight we will gather in the sanctuary at 6:15pm to pray, reflect and receive the mark of the cross upon our foreheads in ashes. Often people mark Lent by giving up something - to help them identify with Christ's suffering for us. At staff meeting this week I shared the following poem; one I discovered several years ago that I always remember at this time of year. Because Lent should be about more than just giving up something - if we choose to participate in Lent in that way, we ought to replace things we give up with something else that draws us closer to God......


Give Up (Anonymous)

Give up grumbling.
Instead, "in everything give thanks."

Give up 10-15 minutes in bed.
Instead, us that time in prayer. 

Give up looking at other people's worst points.
Instead, concentrate on their best ones. 

Give up speaking unkindly.
Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding. 

Give up your worries.
Instead, trust God with them.

Give up hatred or dislike of anyone.
Instead, learn to love.

Give up the fear which prevents Christian witness.
Instead, seek courage to speak of your faith to others. 

Give up TV one evening a week.
Instead, visit some lonely or sick person.

Give up buying anything but essentials for yourself.
Instead, give that money to God's work or someone in need.

Give up judging by appearances and by the standards of the world. 
Instead, learn to give up yourself to God. 

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