Long before you thought God was important, God thought you were important. Long before you ever heard the name of Jesus Christ, Christ had already committed to dying for you so that you could live a life truly worth living – a life lived in hope. May we truly glorify God in word and deed as we strive to help others realize this too.
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Jesus is Truth. But we cannot fully experience the fullness of Truth if we only show up on Easter Sunday, dressed in our finest. We must first let Truth lead us on a journey with Him. For there is no power in resurrection without the wine, the bread, the cross and the tomb.
There is much in God’s Word that can help us to pray in such times as these. The Psalms are particularly well-suited here. In fact, as we read and pray the Psalms, praying God’s Word back to God, one might be surprised at how explicit and poignant they are and how accurately they reflect our emotions and give words to the prayers we may not otherwise be able to speak.
The purpose of giving something up for Lent is to ask God to draw you closer to Him as we, the body of Christ, draw closer to the foot of the cross. Lent is not a law, but an opportunity.
Many non-Lutherans wonder why their Lutheran friends and family members wear ashes on their forehead at the beginning of Lent. There are three reasons why: to remind them of their sinfulness, to remind them of their mortality, and to remind them of their redemption.