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March 4


Elementary:

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Lent is about making room in our lives to share more acts of kindness and compassion.

Lent is a time to take another look at how we understand 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.

Practice helps in all things. We grow into praying well like we grow into speaking well or playing sports well.  Jesus himself takes time away in prayer with his Father so together they can find new ways bring new hope into our world.  Today, try and find new and loving ways for solutions to problems you face.

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.


High School: 

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 77 says: "I ponder, and my spirit faints. You will not let my eyelids close."

What is your "middle of the night" time? Is it 1:23am or 3:37 a.m.? Mine is 3:29 a.m.

There are, indeed, situations that stress my daytime thoughts. But those mid-night eye poppers of worry, anxiety, family and friend drama, money, and health are the fears I have suppressed in the daylight hours. And in the middle of the night, my weird, subconscious mind presses forward, forcing me to confront my dragons.

What to do? Count sheep? Try to think good thoughts — anything but toss and turn and stew. Pray? Is God even awake at this time of the night?

When it feels as if God were absent, the Scripture gives us permission to cry out, even loud enough to awaken God. The psalmist opens the window for that kind of late-night relationship with God. Honest angst before the Holy One is possible.

What are the fruits of this genuine and intimate encounter with God? For the writer of Psalm 77, it was the relief of the dark night of the soul. The writer recounts the biblical story, remembering that God has not and will not abandon us. "You are the God who works wonders" (v. 14). Those words can provide authentic comfort. Even at 3:29 in the morning.

So have a mid morning convo with God and let it all out – by morning, may the rough seas in your life be calmed.

We continue our day welcoming God's presence day or night in our lives in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.​


High School:

We begin our prayers today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In Marks' gospel those who follow Jesus "… will receive a hundredfold now in this age and in the age to come, eternal life." Whew, that's a pretty big promise. What's the catch?

Well, everyone goes through difficult periods and at times we may become discouraged and want to quit.  Following Jesus is no different as we sometimes party and sometimes feel our own crosses. But it is important that we keep on trying.  Think about what our world would have missed if people did not continue to persevere. J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings books says this:

Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay; small acts of kindness and love.

Mother Teresa says something similar: "Do small things with great love."

Daily small, kind and loving deeds can make lives better. The catch is that our faith grows in baby steps – despite our desire to leap ahead and have it all now! Our mission, should we decide to accept it, is to share God's love where we are right now with the people around us in our own little way and grow together.

Let's pray:

God of Love,

Help us to become your presence in our world today. May we perseverance in sharing Your story with each other and our world – even in the smallest of ways!

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.

We step slowly into our day in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.