Lent Day 7

Day 7 February 24 – [P] Gratitude

RO: It wasn’t until I had a sincere encounter with Christ that I was transformed. // In life there are moments of transformation. // Christ makes us new again. // Transformation calls us to action. Transformation is not just something that we say or a relationship we say we have with Jesus Christ, but it is reflected out in our very lives. What we choose to do, how we choose to spend time in our day, and who we spend time with should be a reflection of that transformation in Christ. How have you been transformed by Christ? And since that transformation how has your life changed? And what are you doing now because of that transformation?

Isaiah 55: 10-11

Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.

Matthew 6: 7-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

I meant to reflect throughout the day on all the things that I am grateful for and then write a very long list of the things that make me feel grateful. Things like: I am thankful for my blessed life, for my family, …for so many things.

And then I realized the most important thing I could be grateful for which includes all things: I am grateful to have a loving God who loves me despite my flaws, despite my failings, despite the fact that I so often get in the way of me doing what He wants me to do. I am grateful for the many chances He gives to me to return to Him. I am grateful that He doesn’t just do this for me, but for everyone. God is great! He is merciful. He is just. He loves us and wants us to be with Him. Let us show Him our Gratitude by following where He leads instead of trying to find our own way in the darkness. He is the light. Let us let Him shine in us!

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