Joel 2:12-18 ● 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 ● Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
But there’s also this, it’s not too late—
GOD ’s personal Message!—
“Come back to me and really mean it!
Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!”
Change your life, not just your clothes.
Come back to GOD , your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Ash Wednesday sounds the call to Christians to “turn around,” to head back in the right direction, to repent. But what if we think we haven’t done anything blatantly and seriously sinful?
Joel practically shouts out to us that we are to come back to the God we have left behind in our lives of busyness and self-sufficiency. Or perhaps we have pretended not to hear the still, small whisperings of God, or we’ve heard but ignored them. This God is calling for our attention during Lent and it is an urgent call. Do we have the humility to turn back and listen?
What concrete, practical step can you commit to during Lent to “come back” to God? Is it reading a spiritual book? Taking 5-10 minutes of quiet time in the morning for prayer? Attending a parish Lenten offering? Finding a spiritual companion to talk with regularly? Make it practical and realistic and get started. “It’s not too late.”
From: TURNING AROUND
Daily Reflections with The Message
by Ann Naffziger