Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

God tells the people, if you listen to me, you will find life. You forefathers did not listen, and they did not find the life they were chasing. If you listen, you will find it. If you listen.

If you harden your hearts and do not listen you will not find life. Why? Why is that?

I think that the thing that hardened heart does that is the worst is that it keeps us from being able to hear God. When our heart is heart, our heart is not sensitive to God, and we can't hear or see His presence all around.

When we do not listen, when we do not open our hearts to God, we playing with fire. We do no want hardened heart. God can still soften them, but the harder they are, the harder to hear God.

New Testament Lesson

Augustine once wrote that original sin is the only provable doctrine. We all know how to do wrong. We've got that part down. We have to learn how to do right. Our natural, gut reaction is to hit others back, return a curse with a curse, not forgive. What did Jesus say about those things?

No. Turn the other cheek. Give blessings for curses. Love. Forgive. But, as Paul says, that's hard. We know we ought to, but we don't. And then we find ourselves doing the very things we shouldn't do.

Thanks be to God that our salvation comes not through our works, but by His grace.

Gospel Lesson

One of the universal messages Jesus taught was this. Do not fear. Do not be afraid. Trust. He is there. Today, in whatever storm you're in, don't fear. Don't be afraid. Trust. Have faith. He is there. Even in the storm.

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