Daily Bread April 08

Embrace Transformation, Part 3
Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, Spiritual Formation Ministries

God is our refuge and strength,
  a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
  though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
  though the mountains tremble with its tumult. -Psalm 46:1-3

It is good for us to be here, to be in this desert place, to be gently weaned from what we assumed was essential to discover the deeper calling underneath. We remember, in the simplicity of this season, that this journey of faith is not actually about building the church, growing the congregation, or even saving the world. Those are good things that can be results of faithfulness, but they are not themselves faithfulness. This is the sacred paradox at the heart of this week. The cross confronts our dreams of success and invites us to surrender into a deeper life-changing mystery already at work in us and the world.

Lenten Reflection Questions:

  • When do you find yourself caught on the surface of ministry or calling? 
  • How does the cross redefine success and faithfulness in your life?

Prayer Phrase

Are we moving toward Jesus, the peaceful One?

Lenten Spiritual Practices

Moving Toward the Peaceful One

As Jesus was nearing the final days of his life, he wept over the city and proclaimed, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace” (Luke 19:41-42).What are the things that make for peace in our lives, communities, and around the world? During the Lenten season, spend time in silent refection or journaling each day to notice: Am I moving toward Jesus, the peaceful One? Pay attention to your attitudes, actions, and relationships this day. When did you most embody the peaceful One in your daily living? When were your thoughts or actions contrary to the peace of Jesus Christ? How might Jesus, the peaceful One, who is always near to you, be inviting you to draw nearer to him through your daily living?

Fasting and Giving-$40 in 40 Days

A Lenten fast gives us an opportunity to make space in our lives so that God can live in and through us. It’s a time to evaluate what we hunger for most and what we consume. This year, we’ve been invited to tithe as a spiritual practice by setting aside $40 during the 40 days of Lent. If you are participating, pay attention today to the dollar you have given. What might you have done with that dollar otherwise? How does Lenten generosity invite you to reflect on what is “enough” in your life? Who might you invite to join you in this practice? How might your gift be magnified by the many others responding to the same call?

You can make your $40 offering anytime during the Lenten season online or through your offering envelope for Worldwide Mission Tithes.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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