Day 3 - Pauses for Lent - Choose


Day 3 - CHOOSE

Today’s scripture:  “Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him”  [Deuteronomy 30: 19-20].
Famous author John C. Maxwell once stated:  “life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”
All of life is about making choices.  Each morning we choose whether to arise at the sound of the alarm clock, or hit the snooze button.  That is, if we chose to set an alarm when we went to bed the night before.  And on it goes through the day—people making choice after choice.  Even as things happen that are out of our control, we can control our response. 
During the Lenten season we are called to examine the choices we make, that all we say and do and think would be pleasing to God.  The prophet Joshua admonishes: “choose this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” [Joshua 24: 15].  May it be so for each of you!  I offer for your reflection this prayer by Henri Nouwen:

A Lenten Prayer” by Henri Nouwen

The Lenten season begins.  It is a time to be with you, Lord, in a special way, a time to pray, to fast, and thus to follow you on your way to Jerusalem, to Golgotha, and to the final victory over death.
I am still so divided.  I truly want to follow you, but I also want to follow my own desires and lend an ear to the voices that speak about prestige, success, pleasure, power, and influence.  Help me to become deaf to these voices and more attentive to your voice, which calls me to choose the narrow road to life.

I know that Lent is going to be a very hard time for me.  The choice for your way has to be made every moment of my life.  I have to choose thoughts that are your thoughts, words that are your words, and actions that are your actions.  There are not times or places without choices.  And I know how deeply I resist choosing you.

Please, Lord, be with me at every moment and in every place.  Give me the strength and the courage to live this season faithfully, so that, when Easter comes, I will be able to taste with joy the new life that you have prepared for me.  Amen.  [Henri Nouwen]

Reflections by Rev. Dayna Goff, District Superintendent / Chief Missional Strategist Meridian District

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