Good morning, Church! As I approach the beginning of my 67th year, I am amazed at how the Lord continues to pursue His children and teaches them life lessons to His honor and glory. May I share one with you? Thanks! I’m becoming increasingly aware of my intense desire to illegitimately immerse myself in substitutes for what I am “giving up” for Lent. I have become consumed with consuming replacement things to satisfy my darkened heart. You see, that way I can quench my selfish thirst and still maintain the facade of self-sacrifice. Pretty nasty, huh?! Hopefully, I will experience a good outcome; but I need your prayers. I came across this helpful quote that reminded me of legitimate spiritual immersion: “The journey of Lent is to immerse ourselves in [the gospel] so that it might increase our appreciation of Easter and love for Jesus. May we mourn the darkness in our hearts and rejoice in the light of God who came into the world to save us!” (Pleasant Valley Baptist Church). So–let’s use God’s Word and prayer to help us maintain our emphasis upon the Gospel during this Lenten season. Today’s Scripture readings are: Psalm 61, 62; Genesis 42:1-17; I Corinthians 5:1-8; Mark 3:19b-35. Today’s Lenten prayer is: “God in heaven and in my life, guide me and protect me. I so often believe I can save myself and I always end in failure. Lead me with Your love away from harm and guide me on the right path. May Your Spirit inspire the Church and make us an instrument of Your love and guidance. Thank You for Your care for me. In Jesus’ victorious name I pray. Amen.” Whew, there’s nothing better than returning to your first Love! Thanks for listening and journeying; Blessings to all–PT.