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#Lent19 Just a little affection…

You don’t measure love in time.

You measure love in transformation.

Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth

while the briefest of encounters change everything

 Jeff Brown

Everyone deserves to be loved even beyond their perceived value and opinions.

To love simply means to give. Love may be that simple act of showing little care and not usually expect anything in return.

The argument that love is created for the need and comfort of those who lack it only may not be true. While many people try to achieve love in ways, they think is best, others feel it’s not worth the sacrifice.

Have you ever wandered on the lonely path of life seeking answers to love? Yes, just to be clarified of your assumptions on whether love can change things or rather give it a different approach. To be fair, have we tried to provide same answers we’re seeking to others who have same questions? Same was demonstrated by the ultimate being (GOD) who never justified us with our deeds before loving us.

As we focus our gaze on Christ this spiritual exercise, we should attempt to show an act of love without wandering if they the receiver deserves it or not rather than allow others wander in confusion when we can be their answers.

A simple smile, that little attention you thought does not mean anything might be all someone needs to keep hope alive.

In this season of reflection, why not add to life’s value by becoming someone’s testimony of love?

Think it through!

Scriptural Reference: Rom. 5:8, 13:8, 1 Cor. 13:4-5

Reflection:

In what ways have I denied someone Love?

How has God loved me?

Do I have any reason not to dwell in self condemnation?

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#Lent19: Do you like to think?

Only thy restless heart keep still,
And wait in cheerful hope, content.
To take whate’er His gracious will,
His all-discerning love, hath sent;
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known,
To Him who chose us for his own.

                                       Georg Neumark

How often do we look forward to thinking?

Just thinking.

Allowing our minds wander in thought, asking difficult questions or just circling on an issue mentally until we find the answers that suit us? How many times do we look forward to roaming the abyss in search of answers which we often do not find?

That is how I often consider Lent.

Lent means to lend – contribute or give away with the hope of getting it back. Lent in official terms refers to a season (of about 46 days or 40 spiritually active days) where Christians observe fasting and prayers from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. We will delve into the meanings and liturgy a bit later.

Now, back to thinking.

We think because most times, we are convinced that there are answers out there, somewhere. We only perhaps need to figure them out; weigh all sides and options. So, we give out our hearts and minds; suspend them for a period hoping they return with answers. We hope they come back different, lighter and empowered with direction.

As we begin the biggest season in the global Christian community; why not lend your heart for a few weeks to thinking, listening and conversing with your Creator?

Why not let go and risk getting it back with answers, less burden and light by Easter?

It begins with a simple answer…

Are you ready to give it some thought?

Reference: Psalm 27: 1, Psalm 136, Job 40: 1-2.

Reflection:

  1. Why I’m I here and where am I headed?
  2. What I’m I grateful for and what’s on my mind?
  3. Walk away from all those weighty thoughts…to hell with the answers!