Fifth Week of Lent | Christian Bruckman

Psalm 119:145-176
Jeremiah 25:30-38
Romans 10:14-21
John 10:1-18

At the start of a new semester we focus upon the present, the task at hand. We look upon our past and contemplate our future. There is much to be thankful for and much to look forward to. In many ways, it’s as if we are able to see our world with a bit more clarity than is typical.

Yet the further we move into the term, the more we struggle to maintain clarity. The waters of our world muddy. We begin to feel the weight of our academic load, of relationship under duress, of the building pressures regarding our future. Truly, we begin to feel lost. When this happens, it becomes all too tempting to simply give our attention to the distractions and luxuries of the world—with the hope of momentarily escaping our current situation.

What we fail to recognize in these moments, however, is that we are allowing our attention to be diverted from the Lord. In these moments, we forget that we would have nothing if it were not for Jesus making the ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross for all of our sins. We forget that possessions are but gifts from God, left in our care, to be stewarded during our time on Earth. We fail to recognize that choosing to escape from the world, in some ways, is giving up on God.

Psalm 119:174-176 reminds us that although we may stray like lost sheep, His law will sustain us. As we long for salvation—from a moment, or from this life all together—God continually pursues us. What more could we ask, but the constant love and nourishment of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

CHRISTIAN BRUCKMAN
Freshman, Music Business Major

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