My church is about to enter into a series that will coincide with Lent. I believe it’s a new focus for Grace Community Church. I know that while the churches I’ve been a part of throughout my life, have not particularly practiced Lent, I’m actually very much looking forward to diving into more study of why “we do what we do”, and some of the traditions of our own worship and faith.
I, along with many others, was approached to help in this series. The way I have the honor of serving through this time is to write for the devotional Grace Community would like to join with the series. There will also be extended classes of study through each of the 6 weeks.
I have the privilege of writing one day each through four of the six weeks.
It has brought writing immediately back into my life. It is a tight and almost immediate deadline. My only spare time is weekends, though since the accident, there really has not been extra time to go around. My days have been consumed with other priorities, phone calls and research.
To be able to have a specific reason to sit down, study, pray and beg for words to share…it’s a blessing I cannot believe.
All four of the devotionals are due Wednesday. My goal was to have them written by Sunday (which is tonight). I have just completed the 3rd…one more to go. I keep going over the suggested word limit…imagine that. But I’m trying. Oh how I am pleading with The Father to use ONLY His words. My words will mean nothing. I need HIS. Completely. I am praying, praying, praying. But He is faithful and has said, that His word will “not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). This is actually, intimidatingly, becoming a theme verse for me in the coming months/years. I feel it, and am terrified by it.
But that’s another story for another day.
Until then…yay God. For opportunities and for giving me moments to return to you. To sit, be still, and have the breathtaking privilege of being your instrument in any way at all. You are merciful, oh so merciful!