Saturday, March 31, 2018
On the final day of our 2018 Lenten Challenge, we loosen the load a little and say “Yes” to Prayer and “No” to Food. First the Rules:Don’t eat anything without saying a Prayer. Yep, that’s right. Pray, then eat. We could call this a “Fast,” but we’re not really withholding anything other than the need to Give Thanks to God before we fill our bellies.
Why this one? Because too often we forget that God has provided everything. God provides our family, friends, food, shelter, and everything else. On this final day of Lent, we are reminded that God also carried the weight of our sins by Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice. God didn’t have to do it. God chose to do it.
During these last 40 days, we made a variety of sacrifices to honor God’s sacrifice and commitment to us. Some of the challenges have been very difficult while others have been relatively easy. All of them added together don’t come close to measuring up to God’s love and grace for us, but our efforts do not go unnoticed. God recognizes both our desire and our intent. Even when we fail, God is still there to pick us up, put us back together, and give us another chance.
Today represents our second chance. God did it for us. Today, we can be intentional to try and return it to God through Prayer. Even
if you didn’t accomplish anything during the last 40 days, today represents the chance to do something that carries great meaning. Hold your
hunger until you Pray. Each time you grab a handful of jelly beans, Eat a hot dog, or down a bucket of popcorn today, you can give glory to God
by Giving Thanks for whatever you Eat. You can do it and so can I. The victory is coming soon. The best part of life is just ahead.
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31, NRSV).
May God Bless and Comfort you this Easter. May the Lord surround you with the peace of Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit lift you and give
you strength to endure, power to overcome, and the joy of Eternal Life. Amen.