Daily Lent Devotional #13 (March 21, 2011)

Luke 15: 20-24

20 “So he [The Lost Son] got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

At NBFMC, we have recently engaged in a series on recovery from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  One of the key ways that we can do that is through worship and celebration.  We are called to lift our eyes from our pain to the greatness of God and to find ways to re-connect with Him.  Henri Nouwen shared this idea of the importance of celebration in the following quote.  May it bless you and encourage you to embrace celebration as a consistent discipline in your life:

Celebration is only possible through the deep realization that life and death are never found completely separate….Celebration is the acceptance of life in a constantly increasing awareness of its preciousness. And life is precious not only because it can be seen, touched, and tasted, but also because it will be gone one day….We can indeed make our sorrows, just as much as our joys, a part of our celebration of life in the deep realization that life and death are not opponents but do, in fact, kiss each other at every moment of our existence.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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