Everything Is Better with Bacon!
by Pastors Scott and Nancy Bacon
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence ortake your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvationand grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12
When reading a certain psalm I often wonder what the life of the author looked like. What stressed them out? What challenging things were they dealing with? What brought them joy? As I read this psalm, I am in awe of the beautiful relationship between God and them. It is clear they have a deep history together. The psalmist is not afraid to ask for God’s presence to create something new in their life. Their desire is for a closer relationship and a need for the work of restoration. This is a beautiful relationship to learn from in our own Lenten journey.
Question for today: What needs restoration in your life? In your relationship with God?
Prayer for today: Almighty God, be with me as I journey in faith this season of Lent. I was reminded yesterday with an ashen cross that my life is vulnerable and fleeting. Be with me. I have places that need a new start and restoration in my life. I give them to you. Help me to search for creative and inspiring ways that you will challenge me to grow in this season ahead. Amen.
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love. According to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:1-2
Ash Wednesday begins your journey of faith through Lent. You are reminded today that from dust you came and to dust you shall return. It is a somber reminder, but as you journey through life you begin to appreciate this reminder more and more because it is a call to enjoy today because tomorrow is not certain. A call to live more boldly. A call to return to what you are passionate about. A call, too to know you are in need of a compassionate God and desperate for mercy.
Question for today: What is God’s call on your life today, specifically knowing tomorrow is not certain?
Prayer for today: Almighty God, be with me as I journey in faith this season of Lent. I look with hopeful anticipation towards growth in my life of faith that lies ahead these forty days. Have mercy on me. Share your unfailing love in my life in surprising ways. Remind me that I am from dust and to dust I shall return. Amen.