Walking With Jesus through Lent

I can’t wait for Lent to begin this year.

I don’t know about you, but in my home life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately. We’re four months into life as a family of four after the birth of our second child last September.   We’re establishing new rhythms of life, learning how to juggle responsibilities of work, keeping the kids’ toy bin from exploding all over the house (or recovering from a toy explosion), getting everyone bathed and fed, answering our three year-old’s bids for our attention, waking up a couple times a night to feed our four-month-old… You get the picture.

In the shuffle of daily responsibilities we can find ourselves living out a daily to-do list –living to get things done, but not making time for the deep connections with one another that we need in order to thrive. My husband and I recently decided that we needed to promise each other 30 minutes every evening where we sit down on the couch and have a conversation that involves “mandatory eye contact” and that doesn’t revolve around menu planning or chore delegating. It’s not that we haven’t been spending time together – we spend a few hours together every evening— but we realized that even though we’ve been together, we haven’t really been connecting.

We need to establish new rhythms that allow us to make a deeper connection.

It can be that way with God, too. We can find ourselves in a place where our lives have become busy or distracted. And our souls are longing for a deeper connection with our Heavenly Father. To sit in his presence, to meditate on the scriptures, to bask in his love, to make “eye contact” with Him, if you will, to follow him into new territories.

Lent is the time in the church’s yearly seasons that we take stock of our walk with Christ, our relationship with God, and ask God where we need to grow.

Are there sins we’ve been holding onto? Lent is a time for repentance.

Does it feel like we’ve been stagnant in our faith lately? Lent is a time for taking up a new discipline that will help us to grow.

Have daily scripture, prayer and devotion fallen by the wayside in the past year? Lent is a time to start fresh.

Sensing it’s time to put your faith in action? Lent is a time to draw closer to God so we can hear clearly where we are being sent.

Good Friday and Easter will be here before we know it. And I sense God is calling me to spend these next seven weeks finding rhythms that will draw me deeper into my walk with Christ.  And I believe he is calling our church to the same.

Church, will you join me on a journey of walking with Jesus through Lent by reading the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) over the 40 days of Lent? It will be about 2-3 chapters each day with Sundays as a day of rest (or to catch up if you missed a day during the week.) It’s a manageable amount, and it will help us keep our eyes on Jesus this Lent as we journey with him toward the Cross and the Empty Tomb.

So, are you in?

Here’s what you need to do:

1) Commit to reading through the Gospels during the 40 days of Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, February 10th)

2) Get a reading plan. We’ll be giving them out paper copies at our Sunday Services and our Ash Wednesday Service (Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7pm). Click Lent Reading Plan 2016 to download the PDF to print at home.  OR Click here to use this online version with links to the Bible passages.

3) Pray each time you read for God to speak to you as you read his word.

4) Read the day’s scripture and check it off as complete when you finish.

5) Reflect on what it means for you to follow Jesus in light of what you have just read. As you go through your day, look for ways to live it out.

I’m excited to see how God will use this in my life and in the life of our church as we seek him together. I hope you are too.

I’d love to hear how it’s going and what God is showing you! Please feel free to come back after you have begun and share here in the comments below.

 

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3 Comments to “Walking With Jesus through Lent”

  1. Imelda Says:

    I have a question? I just finished reading Matthew 17 and 18, and in chapter 18 it says that you have to forgive from your heart in order to be let into heaven. But what if you forgive from your heart and pray that the person who did wrong to you be saved, do you have to start and develop a relationship?

  2. Pastor Corinne Bergmann Says:

    Imelda, this is such a great question, I’m going to give it its own blog post. I’ll put a link here when it’s posted. Stay tuned.

  3. Pastor Corinne Bergmann Says:

    Hey Imelda. Here’s my answer to your question. http://spchristian.org/blog/?p=1369

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