Joel 2:12-15 NRSV
12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
13 Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.
One of the most important aspects about Lent for me is to be able to take the time to reflect on my relationship with Christ and how I can grow closer to Him as I move toward Easter. It’s a time for me to recall anew all that Christ has done and continues to do for me, especially as I seek His will for my life each day. As Joel reminds us in the bible verse above, God wants us to return to Him seeking a relationship with the one who knows us better than we know ourselves. When we do this, we will experience God’s boundless love for us.
Lent reminds me of how sometimes I have been just like those who betrayed Jesus into the hands of the Romans, letting the things of this world (possessions, money, job, relationships, what people think) become more important than following Christ, and letting him be Lord over every aspect of my life.
All of us love Easter Sunday – it’s a glorious day for us to celebrate and remember how Jesus rose from the grave and ascended into heaven to give us the promise of eternal life with Him. But for me, an important part of getting to Easter is walking through the Lenten experience, seeking ways I can serve Christ by loving others as He loves me.
God has, I believe, a vision of what life on earth should be for us. It starts with loving Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and then loving our neighbors and serving those who need to feel God’s touch. As we are able to do this, our lives are enriched by all of the blessings He intends for us.
Prayer: Lord, we remember today the unbelievable love you have for each one of us. Help us to order our lives so that you are Lord over all we think, do and say, today and every day. We give you our praise and thanks as we take the journey through Lent and look forward to Easter Morning. Amen.