Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lent Week 4, The Labor of the Cross

The Christian Struggle 
Can you imagine sailing against a head wind on a stormy sea? Tension is high. You've got to be alert, concentrated, steadfast, and energetic in setting yourself against the ongoing challenge. 

It's tough, but it's also exhilarating, exciting, and deeply satisfying to know you're on course despite the elements' efforts to upturn you!

Lent invites us to re-engage with the Christian struggle, to face the enemy within (our tendency to sin) and without (elements of our culture that are unloving, un-Christian), and boldly fix our eyes on the goal, the prize of true freedom.

The struggle can be tough and demanding, but it brings with it a wonderful sense of well-being and fulfillment. God confirms our efforts and encourages us along the way-His Way, the way of the truth.

Let us be attentive to the voice of our Captain this Lent. Let us listen to His Word, His advice, His instruction. It will surely bring wisdom, courage, consolation, and great joy into our lives.

2 Corinthians 5:17Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone! The new has come!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, 
and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever
shall be,
World without end, Amen.

(words from Sacred Space Lent 2013)

Jacob's Well Church Week 4 Lent reading,  Mark 14:3-9.

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