Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Season for Spiritual Inspection
Every year I go to my mechanic to have my car inspected. The purpose of inspection is for the car to be examined to see if it is functioning properly and safely. During that inspection the mechanic, my trusted mechanic, carefully checks the many working parts for wear and tear. Many of those parts are not visible unless you take the time to examine very closely. I appreciate the car inspection, because it gives me a peace of mind to know the car is sound and ready for traveling.
However, my personal struggle with inspection is I don’t want to hear the results. Have you been there? It’s times like that I ask, “Does it have to be fixed now” or, “can it wait?” There are other times I respond with, “I just fixed that 5 years ago!” The answer is very predictable, “If you want to have the inspection sticker placed on the windshield - it will have to be fixed.” Then I go through this thought process . . . Well, I got to have my car . . . I know my car needs to be inspected . . . I want it to be safe . . . seriously, it’s a no brainer!
Then I ask the inevitable question. Are you ready for this? How much will it cost? You can chuckle with me if you want. But seriously, does it really matter? At that point I have to make a choice.
Our Lenten journey is quite similar to having an inspection on our car. A time for us to ask Jesus, whom we trust, to closely inspect our spiritual lives. And with grace, Jesus, will closely examine and find those areas that keep us from living in the fullness of God’s love. Lent is a time for us to open our hearts to God’s transforming love through prayer and fasting. To examine our walk of faith by asking: “Is our faith nurtured by the spiritual disciplines that keep us in tune with God?” Perhaps the words from the psalmist from Psalm 139 should be our prayer.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts,
See if there is any offensive way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139: 23&24
Yes, now the big questions. “Do I have to do it?” “How much will it cost?”
That’s between you and Jesus, and your desire to live the fullness of life that God wants for you.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10: 10
Our Lenten journey begins on March 5, 2014, Ash Wednesday. Are you ready? May our journey be a time for personal spiritual reflection as we walk with Jesus to the victory of the empty tomb – a “Risen Savior!”
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Staff and Council of Bethany met on February 1st for a time of spiritual renewal. Our spiritual leader for the day, Pat, guided us through some quiet reflection and prayer. We heard about "Chasing the Great White Rabbit" and studied the Scriptures through a practice called Lectio Divina. It was a rewarding experience of being spiritually and physically fed.
Our leader Pat . . .
Glenn and Debbie fed us physically . . .
Our leader Pat . . .