Good morning, Church! Well, it’s another “Friday, but Sunday’s a comin'” kind of day! Friday’s get me kind of PUMPED! Yes, I know that a world-altering death took place on a Friday; but it had to in order that Sunday would be a reality. Death results in resurrection. Isn’t that what eternal salvation is all about? One must die to the sinful self in order to live for the spiritual self; and Lent not only reminds us of our mortality but also points us toward our eternity with the One who died, who now lives forever, and who is coming again! That’s why Friday’s get me kind of PUMPED! Will you join with me as we consider Friday’s Scripture readings and prayer? Psalm 69, 73; Genesis 43:1-15; I Corinthians 7:1-9; Mark 4:35-41. “Loving God, Caring [Father], I am a child who so often turns my back on Your love. Please accept my small acts of sorrow today and help to release me from the self-absorption that closes my heart to You. As I journey through Lent, let me remember the feast You have prepared for me in the resurrection and let me be filled with thanks to You. In Jesus’ eternal name I pray. Amen.” “Release me from the self-absorption” surely reminds me of the death of “dying to self.” How about you? Will you experience a death today so that you can experience the power of Christ’s resurrection (cf. Philippians 3:10-11)? Thanks for dying, and living, and journeying; Blessings to all–PT.