Lenten Reflections - Week 1

Questions to ponder during our Lenten journey.

3/6 (Monday):  “When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?” – Matt. 25:39

Reflect with me:  During Lent, we are called to repentance through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Can I change my heart and not just my habits?

3/7 (Tuesday):  “But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” – Matt. 6:15

Reflect with me:  Who do I need to forgive in my life?  Who do I need to seek forgiveness from?

3/8 (Wednesday):  “The people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.” – Jonah 3:5

Reflect with me:  What am I willing to do to show God that I believe in Him and that I am sorry for my sins?

3/9 (Thursday):  Queen Esther (said) “Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand.” – Esther 43:14-15

Reflect with me:  When I feel completely alone and afraid, do I trust that God is there with me no matter what happens?  Do I pray when things are going well, too?

3/10 (Friday):  “But if the wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed … he shall surely live. He shall not die.”  – Ezekiel 18:21

Reflect with me:  Do I believe that God loves me?  Do I accept that I can be forgiven for my sins, no matter how bad, if I am truly sorry and turn away from them?

3/11 (Saturday):  “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” – Matt. 5:44
 

Reflect with me:  How do I overcome the fear and anger that I feel for those I consider enemies? Can I pray that God will enter their hearts with healing and forgiveness too?

3/12 (2nd Sunday of Lent):  “So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord … but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” – 2 Timothy 1:8

Reflect with me:  Do I stand up for my faith to those who put it down, even if it is friends or family?  Do I live my faith open for all to see, or do I hide it?

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