Lent

Marcus Aurelius wrote; “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” We have within us the ability to change and grow. The question is whether or not we will open ourselves to every opportunity to change and grow. Today we move into the Lenten season. For some it’s a time of discipline and others a time of self reflection. Either way, we anticipate that when the season comes to a close, we are strengthened by our perseverance and have opened ourselves a little more to God’s will in our lives. Change as we know can be scary but is part of the process of growth, which doesn’t always come easy. Our learning curves can sometimes be rather stubborn. For this reason the season of Lent, spiritually never has and ending. Gracious God help us to know ourselves well enough to understand that there is always more to be known.

…let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us… Hebrews 12:1-14

Luke 18:9-14;  Jonah 3:1-4:11

 

Do You Believe?

‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ And their eyes were opened.’  Matthew 9:27-34  “Do you Believe?” This was the question asked of two blind men who desired to see. This scripture doesn’t share whether they were blind because of some illness or incident but, much like changing seasons our lives go through seasons of change. However, unlike the weather, the seasons of change in our lives can sometimes last much longer than we’d like and we don’t always “see” the plan God has for us. But, what’s important from this interaction between Jesus and the two blind men is that we believe God has a plan for us and by our faith in due season, not only will he open our eyes to see his glory, but our ears to comprehend his Word, our hands to receive his healing and hearts to experience his love as well.