Friday, February 20, 2015


Whether it’s for a holiday, wedding, graduation, vacation, party, or reunion, preparation is needed to help ensure an enjoyable, meaningful, and successful outcome.  Knowing the purpose and goals, giving attention to detail, having a time schedule and checklist, and communication are important ways to plan and prepare.

Ash Wednesday began the 40 days, not including Sundays, of preparation for Easter.  It is a day that drew our attention to the fact that we are all sinners in need of a Savior.  These days of Lent can be important ones as we spend time in introspection, prayer, fasting, and preparation.  Some choose to do without something during the season of Lent as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.  I am in the process of learning that it’s not just the giving up something that matters most, but also what I choose to do in its place or during that time period that can make a difference.  My focus should not constantly be on what I am giving up, but rather on Jesus.  With gratitude, this year I am also purposely adding something to these days that I should be doing, in hopes of it continuing on after the celebration of Holy Week.

Easter’s coming!  It’s time to prepare, get ready, remember, and share the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross, His burial, and the power of His resurrection, and to thank God for His provision.  And may we learn to live in preparation for Easter all year long.

Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
    a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
    when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
    don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.
Psalm 51:16-17

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly
and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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