Lent, Day 35: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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Good morning, Church. Have you made the seasonal transition from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Daylight Saving Time (DST)?  A majority of states in the United States observe DST; the exceptions being Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation, which does observe daylight saving time), Hawaii, and the overseas territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. (OK, yes, I confess that I copied that from Wikipedia; but it must be true–Right?!). For many, DST is an outdated and unnecessary fact of life. In fact, as I write this post, there are several states trying to end DST because it is allegedly associated with  an increase in workplace accidents and other health risks. At best, DST is a quirky event that has the moniker of “Spring Forward.” At worst, DST is an annual reminder of the changeable and temporary nature of earthly life. And that, my friends, is another perfect segue to the unchangeable and eternal nature of spiritual life that is available in Jesus Christ because of His death, burial, and resurrection. With that in mind, let’s consider today’s Lenten Scripture readings and prayer: Psalm 121, 122, 123; Exodus 5:1–6:1; I Corinthians 14:20-40; Mark 9:42-50. “Loving God, You have heard my complaints, my impatience. Sometimes I become frightened when I move away from You. Guide my heart back to You. Help me to think beyond my own wants and to desire only to do Your will. Thank You for the many blessings in my life and for the ways I feel Your presence. In Jesus’ blessed name I pray. Amen.” Now, go ahead and try making up for that “lost hour” of sleep. Thanks for journeying; Blessings to all–PT.

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