"I am the vine; you are the branches." — John 15:5

Friday, March 6, 2020

“Heart and Soul”

One summer day, on a lazy paddle around the lake, a ripple near the water’s edge signaled the presence of company.  Within seconds, the brown snout emerged and that tell-tale slap of warning made it clear that we were too close to the lodge. 

Acknowledging that they can be a ‘nuisance’ and can decimate a shore line to feed both their appetites and supply their construction materials, there is no doubt that this quintessential Canadian symbol is hard working.  A lodge or dam destroyed by human intervention or flood waters will often be rebuilt, with improvements.  Perseverance is clearly demonstrated.

Now a week into the Lenten season, how’s the building project coming, that is, the work, the discipline, required in order to deepen your relationship with our Lord? Have you done some self-examination, reflecting on your sins and made changes?  Have you set aside some of your precious time to listen to God in prayer? Have you cracked open a Bible or surfed online to read and meditate on the word of God?  And your resolutions to ‘give up’ and ‘take up’, how are you persevering in that regard?  The good news is that God’s invitation is open-ended.  You didn’t do well this past week?  Well, today is a great day to begin anew.  And remember, the Master Builder will oversee the project every step of the way.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him”.  Lamentations 3:22-24