Daily Devotion Friday, February 8th

Friday, February 8, 2013 ­ Psalm 84; Isaiah 55:1-13; Galatians 5:16-24 and Mark 9:2-13

Psalm 84 – 1   How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
2   My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.

This coming Wednesday (February 13th) is Ash Wednesday. It marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time for seeking to grow closer to God, who came in Jesus Christ to not only be closer to us but to be with us.

The other night at choir practice, a few of us had some conversation about making space for God. Then Bill, one of the younger if not the youngest choir member reminded us of the opening line to Star Trek;

“Space . . . the Final Frontier . These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise . It’s five – year mission : to explore strange new worlds ; to seek out new life and new civilizations ; to boldly go where no man has gone before .” – Captain James Tiberius Kirk

In a very real sense this is what Lent is all about; boldly going where we have not gone before – seeking out the God who has long sought us out; seeking to discover and enjoy that which already is – God with us.

The following quotes from our readings, speaks to our seeking out this one who has sought us out.

Isaiah 55:1-13 – 1   Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2   Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3   Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

Galatians 5:16-24 – 16Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. …. 22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control.

Today; take time to think about how you’ll make space for God during Lent or how you are being called to boldly go where you have not gone before. For me this is always fairly easy; turn off the TV in the evening or at least watch less of it and find a good book to read.

If you need assistance with coming up with a life giving spiritual practice for Lent, I’d be glad to assist you as a “life coach” or “spiritual director” which ever seems most appropriate for you.

O Lord, I know I fill my life with stuff, to the point that there is little space for you. Everything seems to crowd you out. Beginning today, help me find ways to clear out the clutter of my life and make space for you. I also know you are already here with us and what I am called each day to do is enter the space you already occupy; going places I have not gone before. O Lord, may your Spirit guide me this Lent and each day of my life. Amen.

 Sunday, this coming Sunday February 10th, is Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday. The reading from Mark will help prepare us as we reflect on Jesus’ transfiguration and how His light now abides in us.

Mark 9:2-13 – 2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

 

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