Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Shrove Tuesday

"After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.'”
Luke 5:4
Here is a question for us to ponder on this Shrove Tuesday. Are we doing the same things for Lent we did 10-15-20 years ago? Are we still in the same place spiritually we were years ago or have we grown? Can we move out of the shallow end and go deeper into our relationship with Jesus? Jesus invites us, as well as the apostles, to go further out, away from the shore and try something hard...go deeper...take a risk...maybe even climb out of the boat! Maybe we could try something new this Lent that is life-changing, not just 40 days-changing.  Something like making a commitment to recycle if we aren't already. Maybe we can take a class that can help us help others.  Maybe we can sponsor a refugee child in a third world country--that's takes longer than 40 days. (I began sponsoring a kid years ago in the Philippines--he's probably 30 by now!) What can we do differently this Lent? Can we do something that really changes us and/or others for the long haul?  Let's prayerfully discern how God invites us to celebrate this Lenten season.  It's unique for each of us, but the ultimate goal is the same: to grow deeper and deeper in love with Jesus. Love, heidi

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