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  • Writer's pictureBill Berger

Lent:Ash Wednesday Meditation

Reading:

 

The Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed; he remembers that we are dust.

                                                ~Psalm 103:13-14

 

(pause)

 

Reflecting:

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

                                                ~Matthew 4:1-4

-  What do you think when you read that ‘Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil?’ What does this mean to you?

-  What questions do you have about that event? What answers have you come up with?


(pause)


Wondering

We all encounter the wilderness at some point in our lives; sometimes it feels like a long journey. What stands out in Jesus’ wilderness experience is how the Holy Spirit leads him there. Quite unexpected! Isn’t the Holy Spirit supposed to protect us from these experiences?


As you think about your wilderness experiences, could it be that the Holy Spirit has led you into difficult places? If so, why do you think that is?


Prayer: Lord, I admit I am not as hungry for the words you speak to me as I am for tacos. I ask that you increase my desire for ‘every word that comes the mouth of God.’


(pause)


Listening

A traditional prayer for Ash Wednesday is Psalm 51:1-3, 10-12. My granddaughter reminded me today of that Psalm. Let’s make this our prayer:


Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.2 Wash away all my iniquity    and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.


10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11 Do not cast me from your presence    or take your Holy Spirit from me.12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

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