The Promise of This Season
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:3
We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry...
The season of lent is a time of preparation. We fast, we give offerings, we sacrifice in anticipation of a renewed relationship with God and with one another. God gives the Church a natural period to clear the air with Him. We are invited to unearth our sins, inadequacies, short-comings, anger and hurts and to be set free from them. What does it mean for us to engage our human relationships in a similar fashion, knowing that at the conclusion of the season of purging there is the promise of a new beginning? This is Jesus' promise to us.
Is there a relationship in your life which is broken. Regardless of whether or not you are to blame for the state of the relationship, this is an invitation for you to make a radical step today to make a repair to the relationship. This is an invitation for you to take responsibility for sustaining the relationship. It could be as simple as calling a friend that you have not spoken to in a long time, it could be saying, I love you, to the spouse or child who acts like they don't love you back, it could be giving a gift to a difficult colleague...you fill in the blanks... The point is to engage in the radical act with the expectation of receiving nothing in return. Take note of what happens in the coming weeks, in the coming months... In particular, take note of what happens inside of your heart, what happens with you?
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the radical way in which you gave your Son, Jesus, to the world with no assurance that we would accept or appreciate the gift you gave. You risked loving us completely without the assurance of our love in return. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We love you. Amen.