Lent Day 23

Navigating the Wilderness

Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 Here we are in the fourth week of the season of Lent and in the whole scheme of the season it’s kind of like a hump week. We started out perhaps thinking of ways in which we can face the wilderness that is in our own lives; the things we feel are tempting us and pulling us away from God. We’ve identified perhaps some emotions, distractions or fears that we want to face that may be keeping us from seeing God’s purpose in our lives, or may be keeping us from seeing God altogether. Initially we begin stumbling. As we become more committed to the change, generally by the fourth week we realize that we are catching ourselves, and we are more conscious of what it is we have either let go of or have added in our lives – in order that we may experience a true change in our relationship with God. One of the goals in Lent is basically to get to the other side of that wilderness. Once you are there the challenge is to stop going back across. As we are midway through the season of Lent, hold to the faith that ours is a journey not meant to walk alone. Together, the strength we have in the one bread that is Christ will sustain us and carry us through.

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Lent: Day 26 – In a very busy waiting room of a hospital located in an urban city, a man impatiently makes his way to the medical station and rather authoritatively says to the woman sitting at the desk, “How long is this going to take? Don’t you know who I am?” The nurse immediately moves to the desk microphone and announces over the intercom “I have a man here in the waiting room who doesn’t know who he is can someone please help him find out?” Very cleverly, the nurse helps this man to understand that it is not her job to know who he believes himself to be. What she does know is that he is one of many in the waiting room in need of attention. As the body of Christ we are one of many who believe, one of many with different gifts, one of many in need of God’s love. God has enough grace for each of us, enough to heal our mind, soul and body all in his time. We have only to be patient and trust that he does know who we are, even when we forget and just as faithfully, when others against us, forget who they are.

Exodus 1:6-22 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us…But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.

Mark 8:27-9:1 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

Psalm 69: 1-23

 For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,

     that dishonor has covered my face.

I have become a stranger to my brothers,

     an alien to my mother’s sons.