Dear Friends in Christ in both churches:
It’s Lent, a Church season to reflect on our faith in Jesus Christ, especially his suffering for us. In order for me to do that, I need to be re-grounded in the faithfulness of God. Remembering God is faithful to me, then I can bear to look at my sin and what I did to crucify Christ.
One of the ways I get re-grounded in the faithfulness of God is to read the Scriptures, especially Psalm 23. Eugene Peterson, Presbyterian minister and scholar has written a paraphrase of Psalm 23 that is meaningful to me. Here it is:
“God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.”
What do you do to get re-grounded in the faithfulness of God? How are you able to consider the meaning of Christ’s crucifixion and confess what you did to crucify Christ? I’m interested in knowing.
I hope this season of Lent will be one in which we all grow more transparent in faith and hope with great expectancy the new life Easter promises!
Believing with you,