Lent Day 21

Day 21 Tuesday March 10 – [S] Say something nice about each person in your family

RO: Why would God send His only Son into the world to die for you and I? He came into the world to die. His destination was the cross and it was love that nailed Him to the cross – love for us. What are we willing to give of ourselves to go out to share that truth with others so that it would not have been in vain. // Will you go and share the truth that He sent His son into the world to die for you and I?

Daniel 3: 25. 34-43

But with contrite heart and humble spirit let us be received; // for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame. And now we follow you with our whole heart, we fear you and we pray to you. Do not let us be put to shame, but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy. Deliver us by your wonders, and bring glory to your name, O Lord.”

Matthew 18: 21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.

I thought about saying something nice about my parents, in-laws, and siblings today. But I took the easy way out and just told Ryan and Nora. And even then I forgot to tell Nora until after she was asleep, so I made up for it on March 11.

I love my family so very much. They are wonderful people. I am so blessed to have them in my life.

So why is it so hard to actually speak the words?

I can think all day about what I love about them, how they are so great. But when it comes to actually looking them in the face and saying those things to them why do I stop? I even saw my dad today, but could I bring myself to saying something heartfelt other than “I love you”? No.

Expressing love and showing kindness with words shouldn’t be so hard to do. Your actions can show people how you feel about them. But a kind word spoken should be such a simple thing to do. We talk all the time, so why can’t we say words that have deep meaning? …Or perhaps this is not something that affects you and is just a struggle that I have….

So here are my thoughts about this and God:

God loves us so much. Not only does he show us this all the time with His actions and those He inspires in others, but He has also given us the words of scripture so that we can come to know exactly what He is telling us. It is through both action and word that we can come to fully understand the message. One without the other risks leaving an incomplete understanding.

Jesus said to us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. And He doesn’t just speak those words for us to hear and think about. What does He do? He goes out and shows us, in the most beautiful of ways, just how to show your neighbor you love them. Jesus shows us how to live out these words by dying on the cross for us.

Continue to Day 22