We begin our prayers today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Everyone goes through difficult times we may become discouraged and want to quit. Following Jesus is no different. But it is important that we keep on trying. Think about what our world would have missed if people did not continue to persevere.
Did you know that Darth Vader used to stutter? And so did Mufasa from The Lion King! How could these rough and tough characters stutter? The answer is that both parts were played by the actor James Earl Jones who, when he was young, before he became a movie star, he used to stutter. Stuttering is a speech disorder when one repeats sounds without forming a word. Through years of hard work with lots of helpers Mr. Jones has become a great actor and his voice is one of the most known in the world.
Moses in the Old testament stuttered yet with God's help he led Israel from Egypt to the promised land and his mission created the foundation for our Jewish and Christian faiths. With God's help and the love of family and friends we can deal with or overcome just about anything.
God of Love,
You take us as we are, may we persevere in sharing Your story with our world.
God of the journey, you walk with us each day. Help us to persevere in staying with you on this amazing and sometimes confusing journey and use our gifts to help others.
We step slowly into our day in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Today is Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It's a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. In some traditions pancakes are made and eaten. Carnivals are celebrated in other traditions. The word carnival means meat is gone. Many people give up things like foods such as candy in Lent. Others do more by making room in their lives to take on acts of kindness and compassion.
This day, we hear Paul's letter to the Corinthians:
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
The Word of the Lord…Thanks be to God.
Lent is a time to consider how dimly we see God, others and ourselves. In Lent we pray and look honestly at ourselves to discover who we have become and what we need to work on to become the loving and wise children of God.
Wisdom allows us to put love into all our decisions. Jesus takes time away in prayer to reconnect with his Father and bring their loving wisdom into our world. Today try and find ways for new and loving solutions to problems you face as tomorrow we begin Lent with Ash Wednesday.
Let's pray the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
We root our day in the love of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.