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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Transfiguration Sunday

Luke 9:28-36 (37-43). While Jesus was praying on a mountain, his face and clothing changed to dazzling white, Moses and Elijah appeared, and a voice from a cloud says, "This is my Son! My chosen. Listen to him!"

I know that I've had a hard time listening and doing what the Lord says. It's not so hard to read and realize that I need to listen, what I have a hard time doing is translating the word into action. I have been in a period of confession this week and I'm grateful for the Lord providing a friend that is in need as well.

I pray that this season of Lent will be a fruitful one for Lord, that I may surrender what keeps me from Him, what keeps me from following Him. I don't see the period of Lent as a time of suffering, I see it as a way to honor the Lord that gave His life for you and me. Whatever it is that I need to lay down at His feet is nothing compared to what He has done for me.

I know that worship services have a way of becoming routine but there is one thing that always touches me deeply, the service of confession and pardon that we do during every communion.

Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So as I prepared for Lent, I meditate on the word that I may turn my confessions into action and be fruitful for the Lord. May we all be fruitful for the Lord this Lent season.

How are you preparing for Lent?



ThoughtfulMom said...

I like that part of the communion service too. It's beautifully written and WAY too true. :)

Mimi Rothschild said...

Although our sin is a foregone conclusion, it's important to reflect on how much we need His forgiveness.

Beautifully written prayer, agreed.