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Week One

Sunday, February 18

Week One - Colossians 3:1-17

[SCRIPTURE]

Read Colossians 3:1-17

[REFLECTION]

In the Christian tradition, Lent is a season that begins with Ash Wednesday and ends on the day after Good Friday. It’s a time of preparation for the new life we receive through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Trusting that we are deeply loved by God and opening our hearts to him, Lent leads us in a journey towards…

Reflection…

Examining ourselves and our lives to remember who we are, see where we’re at, and with the help of the Holy Spirit identify changes we need to make…

Returning…

Repenting of our sins and ways we have gotten off track, receiving forgiveness, and making adjustments that will help us get back to where we want to be…

Renewal…

Experiencing the peace and joy that comes as our faith is renewed and we live in deeper dimensions of freedom and fullness…

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Colossians gives wise counsel that can be helpful for us in our journey of reflection, returning and renewal. He uses the metaphor of clothes to help us understand qualities and characteristics we can “put on” that reflect the character of Jesus, and things we can let go of or “take off” that don’t fit with the new life we have in him. Transformation is a lifelong process but God loves us and there is grace in Jesus as we struggle to learn and change and grow.

[STARTER PRAYER]

God, thank you that you love and accept me just as I am. I know I can trust you. Help me to open my heart and see the things you want me to see. Forgive me for my sins and wandering ways. Give me grace and strength to make adjustments that need to be made to get back on track. Help me to become more like Jesus. Amen.

[PRACTICE]

Take time this week to read and reflect on Colossians 3:1-17. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things that would be helpful to “take off” and things to “put on” so you can grow in becoming more like Jesus. Decide how you will respond to what you see. Ask for and receive forgiveness. Thank God for working in your life and rest in knowing you are in good hands.