Tuesday, March 31
Most often, when Lenten season comes around, I find myself somewhat caught off guard. I'm still recalling the joy of Christmas when we so richly celebrated our Savior's birth with worship and beautiful music. Not only do we remember the sacred event of Jesus' birth, but we also recall the many warm memories of family, church, and friends. And to me, this Lenten season is as much about remembrance as Christmas is.
When I think back to my early days, I remember that the Holy Scriptures were first read to me by my mother and father, Sunday school teachers, and long succession of dedicated preachers. Undoubtedly, I have these dear souls to thank for my belief in Jesus Christ.
Now, as the season has returned, I begin to read again and remember certain Bible stories that have become the core of my personal belief. Especially compelling in the Gospels are the verses telling of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and His teaching of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). Later on, the accounts of His struggles in the wilderness, His sufferings, and His ultimate sacrifice through death on the cross are the bedrock of my faith today.
As I look ahead toward the coming of Easter, I will remember my loved ones who gave my foundation in Christ's Church. My aim will be to spend less time on my priorities and to devote more time to what He has in plan. The ancient Irish poet continues to inspire me with the hymn that ends "Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all."
Dear Heavenly Father, may we use our time wisely during Lent to remember and reflect upon your greatest gift, Jesus, who is our Lord and Savior. Amen