Reflection and Discovery
By Gary Piper of Fort Gratiot, MI, USA
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. —Psalm 116:1–2, 5 NRSV
To me the Lenten Season is not only a time of preparation for Holy Week; it is also a time for personal reflection and discovery. Not a day goes by that I don’t find myself wondering where I best fit in God’s master plan for my life. However, having said that, I must admit this morning’s journal entry has been painful to write. I have not always been the willing servant I should be.
While Jesus has never washed my feet as he did the disciples, his servants have come in and out of my life every day for nearly 68 years. I stop and consider that Jesus not only gave his life for me, but others have given their lives to him. Through them, he has sustained my life. I find myself not only on a journey of repentance but one of discovery and rededication as well.
Serving Jesus is not just about washing feet; it is about touching lives—your life, my life, and others’ lives! Serving does not always involve the use of our hands, but it always involves the use of our love for God and the Holy Spirit.
Prayer for Peace
Holy Spirit, continue taking me by the hand and leading me on a personal journey of reflection, repentance, and discovery.
Spiritual Practice: Hand Ministry
Place your hand on a piece of paper and trace around it. Add details of fingernails, wrinkles, or skin color if you wish. Look at your hand and meditate on what you do with your hands each day. Ask God to direct your thoughts to a person in need of blessing, kindness, or healing touch. Pray for wisdom about the specific act needed by this person and discern how and when you will use your hands to complete this ministry.
Today, God, I will join Christ at the cross and journey to peace.