2021.02.19 Daily Devotional for Lent
Our Lenten Devotionals feature reflections from The Road Back to God by Larry Neeb.
Friday, February 19, 2021
Matthew 7:24-29 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Today I will spend some time thinking about the special opportunities for growth that I have this Lent.
“Growing Toward God”
What St. Augustine said is really true, “Our hearts will find no rest until they find their rest in God.”
So this Lent, try not to focus on yourself and something you do. Rather, let it be a time of turning around toward God … a time of re-discovering the great and marvelous things that he has done in your life since he called you by name in baptism to be his own, despite your poverty and littleness. Let this Lent be a time in which you recognize in his face, not the countenance of an angry judge, a maker of rules, but One who was willing to take in history to show the extent of his caring for you.
Larry Neeb reminds us to re-focus our attention toward God, remembering God’s holy gift of creation; God’s unlimited love and grace, available without cost for each and all of us; and God’s presence in all that we do and believe.