Read Romans 5:1-11.
God created the world and declared that it was good. God created humanity in the image of God and declared that it is good! But sin entered the sin and corrupted, marred, and distorted the image of God within humanity. As a result, we are imperfect, we are infected with sin.
We are weak, but as the children’s song goes, Jesus is strong.
Paul explains to us that Jesus did not die for those who are good or perfect. Jesus died for those who messed-up and screwed-up. Jesus died for the weak. Jesus died for those who fail and fall. Jesus died for those who have fallen short of the glory of God.
That would be you and me.
Because the image of God within each of us has been marred, corrupted, and distorted by sin, it has affected our relationship with God. Christ’s death and resurrection was so that we could be reconciled to God through Jesus (Roms. 5:10).
Traditionally we give up something during Lent to focus on our relationship with God. Some choose to add a spiritual discipline or a new practice. Either way, the season of Lent beckons us to reflect on our relationship with God. Where are we in our faith? In what ways are we weak? How has Jesus been strong when we have been weak? How have you encountered grace?
Read Psalm 105:1-5
A writing by Francis of Assisi from The Earlier Rule.
All-powerful, most holy,
Almighty and supreme God,
Holy and just Father,
Lord King of heaven and earth
We thank You for Yourself
For through Your holy will
And through Your only Son
With the Holy Spirit
You have created everything spiritual and corporal
And, after making us in Your own image and likeness,
You placed us in paradise.
It is hard to imagine that we are all created in the image of God. Our siblings, our parents, our teachers, even those annoying kids at the other lunch table. All created in the image of God. The truth is, we don’t always treat others like they are an image of God.
Is there someone in your life that you have recently taken for granted? A parent that you don’t say thank you enough to? A boyfriend or girlfriend you don’t always appreciate? A best friend who does a lot for you? Express words of gratitude to those people today. Let them know that you appreciate everything they do for you and that you are thankful for them. Journal about the experience.
Dear God, thank you for the saints in our lives who guide us through our journey of faith. Help us today as we seek forgiveness and express gratitude for the people in our lives. Amen.