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Reflections for March 9, 2014

Matthew 4:1–11

As part of Jesus’ – and our own individual – spiritual journey, Jesus goes into the Spirit wilderness, where he’s tested. It’s during this time that Jesus chooses who he will be and whose he will be with his responses to the tempter’s suggestions. The decisions we face about how we live our lives today are no different. The choices we make about what will feed us and sustain us physically and spiritually can reflect God’s love in our lives.

This week – As you start your Lenten journey, choose a “wilderness” area in your life – perhaps a dark place where temptations (physical or spiritual) seem to creep up on you. Invite God into this wilderness and depend on God when you are tempted.

Seasons of the Spirit, Wood Lake Publishing

Reflections for March 2, 2014

Matthew 17:1–9

The Transfiguration is an awesome moment in scripture. Jesus is transformed in a bright cloud; Moses and Elijah appear alongside him. Jesus is revealed again as God’s son as God speaks to Peter, James, and John saying, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased.” With the disciples, we are witnesses to Jesus’ light. We are overcome with the mystery of God’s son dwelling among us. In the Season after the Epiphany we’ve journeyed with Jesus as he’s taught us about God’s love and lived the light of that love among us. As this season draws to a close, we’re challenged to carry that light forward and be a witness to God’s love in the world.

Something to think about, talk about, or do:  This week look for the transformations happening around you. What is changing in nature? What is
changing in your relationships with friends or family? How are you changing and how have you been changed during the Season after the Epiphany?

Seasons of the Spirit, Wood Lake Publishing

Reflections for February 23, 2014

Matthew 5:38–48

Jesus shares his ideas about perfect love in this focus scripture – love at all times, in all circumstances. Love when we don’t feel like it, love when we face an enemy, love when we are being persecuted and oppressed, love when we’re tired of being asked. Jesus knows this kind of love because he lived this kind of love. And we are called to do the same. Jesus doesn’t say this will be easy and it definitely wasn’t easy for him, but with God’s help and assurance, we can live lives of more perfect love. Something to think about, talk about, or do: Think about a relationship you have that is not as good as you would like. Without attempting to assign blame, genuinely pray to God for the good of the other person and pray for healing of the situation which has damaged the relationship. Seasons of the Spirit, Wood Lake Publishing