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Lent 1B


23-27 February

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Lent 1B

Monday

Read Psalm 25:1-10

Think

"To you O Lord, I lift up my soul.  In you a put my trust" Vs 1&2

Pray

I love the image the Psalmist offers - lifting up your soul to the Lord.  Everything about us - our frailties, strengths, sins, goodness - we hold it up to God and trust him with it.
Spend some time 'lifting' your soul to the Lord.

Tuesday

Read Genesis 9:8-17

Think

When last did you take notice of a rainbow - and remember this passage from Genesis.
A passage in which God promises to be patient with us - merciful with us.  God promises to help us work things out.

Pray

Lord - let me remember your rainbow.  Especially when I think you should be angry with me - you've promised to be patient.

Wednesday

Read 1 Peter 3:18-22

Think

This passage is quite mysterious - and hard to interpret.  It seems to point to Jesus extending the offer of his ministry of reconciliation to all those who came before him too.

Pray

As I remember how you reached out to everyone - even in this case to those who died before you came; help me to reach out to all people - with your love and grace.

Thursday

Read Mark 1:9-15

Think

Mark gives us a concentrated account of Jesus' trial in the desert.  Jesus comes out victorious and preaches the Kingdom of God.  Our trials force us to choose between the Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of God.

Pray

Lord - you know my trials.  Give me your strength to overcome.

Friday

Read Mark 8:31-38

Think

Forget self.
Carry cross.
Follow Jesus.
You have to lose your life to save it.

Pray

Lord I prefer not to forget myself, carry my cross - and follow you.  Change my mind.  I need your help.

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