Lord, draw us toward you

“Draw us, Lord, toward you, toward your way of self-giving love. Draw us away from all that is not love — from the forces of greed, fear, anxiety, and brutality. In this Lenten experience of so being drawn toward you and away from the powers of the world, may we come to find that new life that is the meaning of Easter. Amen.” — Walter Brueggemann, A Way Other Than Our Own

Moving from scarcity to abundance

A prayer for the day:

We are constricted by stories of scarcity. Break through these false tales with the surprising truth of abundance. May we bask in your shalom and then perform your story of generosity over and over again. Amen. (Walter Brueggemann, A Way Other than Our Own)

The blessedness of being pursued by God

Psalm 23:6 (NIV): Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

The Common English Bible is the only one I’ve read that says, goodness and faithful love will pursue me…

God will chase me down, grab me, and hold me (Walter Brueggemann).

Brueggemann then says this: “Lent is a time to quit running, to let ourselves be caught and embraced in love, like a sheep with safe pasture, like a traveler offered rich and unexpected food.”

Allow God to pursue you in this season. Desire one thing: his presence.

Prayer for the day

You have ordained a new order in which the first are last and the last are first. Turn us away from the false values of the world, that we may pursue your priorities, that which makes you happy: steadfast love, justice, and righteousness. Amen. (Walter Brueggemann, A Way Other Than Our Own)

The competing voices of Lent

As we enter this Lenten Season there is the call to the wilderness. It is the call to be with the Lord. It is the call to encounter him. In that call come these assuring words: “I will be with you. I will hear you. You will hear me.”

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