April 7, 2019
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Worldly Versus Divine Pleasures
For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish...
As I approach the end of Lent, I consider how the usual dynamic of this season plays out for me: I begin with a mix of enthusiasm, determination and, I admit, a little bit of dread. I have the best of intentions, but will my will follow? I know that my peace lies in Jesus, not in the real but lesser pleasures of this world. I know that the Lenten season is my opportunity to actually live that in a small way. But it's a hard path. It's hard to let go.
I look back on the weeks, and I see ups and downs. And, even as I'm honest about any stumbles, I try not to be too hard on myself either. Taking courage from Paul's always bracing honesty, I keep hold of the truth and try, one more time, to let go of what I know, in the end, can't bring me real, lasting joy.
Lord Jesus, you are all I need.
- Amy Welborn
Isaiah 43:16-21|Psalm 126:1-6|Philippians 3:8-14|John 8:1-11