How are you doing friends? After long winter of deep snow and raging blizzards now we have dense fog, flooding, and water everywhere. Snow days, late starts, and no buses on gravel roads continue to challenge students and teachers as they try to learn through the challenges. Parents struggle to balance work, parenting and now flooding amid the never-ending disruptions. So many of us are weary.
Do you need rest? Peace? Hope? Courage? Determination? Strength? The season of Lent offers all of these. As we enter into the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross we can count on God’s love to anchor us in what is important and offer us rest, hope, and strength—through whatever life brings.
The whole season of Lent feels like a long love letter from God. Over and over Jesus chooses the difficult road which leads to the cross for him and hope and healing for us. Our lesson this Sunday is from Luke 13:31-35. In these short verses, Jesus is warned of danger, yet Jesus continues the journey to Jerusalem which we know will end in his death.
One of my favorite Bible verses comes in this passage: “Jerusalem… How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” verse 34. Can you imagine Jesus as a mother hen gathering her chicks to protect them? Yes we/they go astray. Yes we/they are overwhelmed by worries. Yes we feel trampled by powers that surround us.
But God’s love enters into all those challenges with us. And the more we get to know Jesus, the more we learn about Jesus’ love which fights hatred, sadness, injustice, and unkindness. The deeper we get to know Jesus, the more we are transformed by that love. We receive peace, hope, and courage to carry God’s love into our daily lives and into the world.
To talk about:
What do you need this Lent?
How does Jesus’ love impact your life?
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