Lent, Day 37: Thursday, March 17, 2016


Good morning, Church; and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have you ever been told something about your character by someone, and the words came as a complete, “out of the blue,” gut-wrenching, totally unexpected surprise? My neighbor told me yesterday that I am ANTISOCIAL. YIKES!! The details of what led up to the comment are longer than this post deserves. Just know that there wasn’t any shouting or finger pointing. Just a simply stated, “You are antisocial,” and my knowledge that he knows I am a minister. (Gut punch!!!) As I write this post, I am still “bothered” by the revelation; and, I must confess my first emotional, internal reaction was “How dare you! How judgmental! YOU . . . . !!” Sound familiar? Yeah, until the Holy Spirit reminded me that:  1) I do have the potential to come across as selfishly unfriendly, and 2) the Lenten Season is all about facing one’s sinful tendencies and putting them to death. So–that’s what I am in the process of doing, and I hope that today’s Lenten Scripture readings and prayer will help: Psalm 131, 132, 133; Exodus 7:25–8:19; II Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31. “Lord, all I want is to be faithful to You in my life, but so often I fail. Free me from my many sins and guide me to the life I will share with You. I wait for Your promise to be fulfilled with great hope in my heart and Your praise on my lips. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.” Now, it’s off to start a “healthy” conversation with my neighbor that will begin with an apology for offending him. Pray for us! Thanks for journeying; Blessings to all–PT.

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