My heart aches for our world! Vibrant lives reduced to hostage, victim, and casualty counts. There are so many questions. There are too few answers. Some people sadly devalue the gift of life. Their own life. And the lives of others.
I cry out to God for comfort and guidance!
Don’t wait. Pray with me.
- Pray for the victims and their families.
- Pray for the first responders who view scenes that change their lives.
- Pray for the hands and skills of the medical professionals who treat the injured.
- Pray for the clergy who will attend families in despair.
- Pray for the hearts of those who contemplate similar actions.
Don’t wait. Love with me.
- Hold your spouse and children. Tell them that you love them, that they have a purpose, and that they are a gift in your life.
- Call your family and friends. Let them know that though distance or schedules may separate you, they hold a special place in your heart.
- Thank police officers, EMTs, firemen, and the military for stepping forward to combat such tragedies and protect the innocent.
One of the perks of my job as a Chaplain is watching the kids during Chapel services. Eucharists are my favorite. I love to watch them come to the altar. I love to see the variety of expressions and reactions as they receive the body and blood.
Yesterday I was blessed with watching them come to the altar, not once, but twice, for ashes and Eucharist. And I did not offer the chalice; I just enjoyed the view.
It was a beautiful view!
One particular interaction spoke to me. There was a second grader at the end of the line who didn’t have a space to kneel. A fellow classmate, about four from the end, saw her standing behind him. He motioned to her and shifted to make room.
It was a simple action, one of common courtesy, but it made me think. How often do we shift to make room for someone else to get closer to Jesus? Or rather, how often do we stay firmly planted and block someone else from seeing Jesus more clearly? How often do our actions prevent someone else from receiving the love of Christ?
May we make room for those who seek the love of God!
Prayer Focus: Those seeking a closer relationship with God this Lent.
I started reading Romans Chapter 3 this morning and I couldn’t get past the first clause.
Therefore being justified by faith.
I know what comes after it is important, but my heart stopped there.
How many things do I try to be justified by?
I rate myself everyday on what I accomplish and what I don’t. Did I make sure my husband and children felt my love before we started our day? Did I get to work on time? Did I say the right things to my colleagues? Did I handle each child and their situation with dignity and respect? Did I use my office time wisely? Did I pray yet today? Did I read the scripture for me, not just for my job? Did I make healthy choices? Did I do everything I should have done before I left work? Did I greet my children and husband with love? Did I make a healthy dinner? Did I take care of the needs of my household, doing laundry, cleaning, budgeting? Did I spend quality time with my boys and husband? Did I? Did I? Did I?
I allow these answers to dictate how I feel about myself. Am I justified as a wife, mother, chaplain, teacher, colleague, daughter, friend? Am I worth anything to anyone?
And then these words, “justified by faith.”
It is a much needed reminder this morning. I am not what I do or don’t do. I am a child of faith. My value comes from my faith in Jesus Christ. And that is what is most important!
May we remember we are justified by our faith!
Prayer Request: Those struggling with self worth.
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