Lent | 3.15.12

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

Genesis 9:8-17

Ephesians 1:3-6

“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south” (Psalm 107: 1-3).

We find the psalmist beginning this psalm calling all peoples to gather, from east and west, north and south. He calls them to speak out in praise of God who redeemed us all. We come together during the Lenten season from all points of the world preparing our hearts, through prayer, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial, to recognize and pay respect to the death and resurrection of Jesus during Holy Week.

As a Church we become one during this Lenten season, giving thanks for the sacrifice of God’s son. We join together from all around to give praise and thanks for the steadfast love of our God. During this season we can prepare our hearts in a way that strengthens our relationship with the Lord. For many, Lent is a time to give up something in their life that may be separating them from God or distracting them in some way. In many ways we are putting our trust in God by giving up. We are able to recognize our distraction and focus on what the Spirit can do within us.

Though every church may not recognize the Lenten season my hope for this Lenten season is that we take the time to allow the Spirit to work within us. At the very least we come together to prepare for and celebrate Easter. My hope is that we can become one church giving thanks and praise for God’s steadfast love.

Noah Quinton
Senior, Christian Leadership Major

You can download the full Lent and Holy Week Devotional Guide at:http://www.belmont.edu/religion/files/lent-devotional-2012-final.pdf

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