A Time of Renewal
In the letter from Paul to his student Titus, we are reminded that through God’s grace and the Holy Spirit, we are made new and made right as promised by the teachings of Jesus. Paul reminds us it is not our action that makes us clean. Rather, we are restored, renewed, aligned again by God. For me, Lent is a period of increased contemplation. I expand my devotional time and seek every sign of new life. I am blessed to live in a community of many green spaces with walking paths through the woods and around lakes. On these walks in this season, the bare and brittle are being transformed, renewed with new growth and surrounded by flowers, signaling the time of cold and darkness is over. Warmth, healing, hopes, and new directions are unfolding with the petals of the daffodil. We begin a season of planting; food for the table, as well as flowers that will delight for months to come. Today, I pray for renewal within my life, within my church, within the Kingdom of God. Let’s take extra time today in prayer and in practice to be open for the new direction God has for each of us. Look around and within for that new growth that comes from God.
Prayer: Dear God, open my eyes to the new growth in your plan for my life and in my service to you. Renew a right spirit in me to serve the least, lost, and last. Amen.
Gil Hanke Antioch, TN