Reflection Mar 1

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

In this week’s focus scripture, God makes a covenant with Abram and promises he will be fruitful – he and his wife Sarai will be the parents of nations to come. God changes their names to Abraham and Sarah to signify the change of course in their lives. God identifies Godself as “God Almighty”.  Almighty can mean both mountains and beasts in Hebrew, emphasizing the connection between God’s people and God’s creation.

This Week, identify a personal practice that you might take on throughout the week, or throughout the remainder of Lent that reflects our connection to all of God’s creation. For example, use canvas bags when shopping instead of plastic ones, save your fruit and vegetables scraps in the freezer and give them to a composting program, before you put an item in the trash consider whether you can recycle it, reuse it for another purpose, or even repair it if it’s broken.

Reflection Feb 22

Mark 1:9-15

For 40 days, Satan temps Jesus in the wilderness. The scriptures tell us Jesus was there with the wild animals and that the angels waited on him. The image of animals with Jesus sends a clear message about our connection to all God’s creation. God desires peace among God’s creation and an end to violence and cruelty against nature. No matter what our negative associations with “wilderness” are, we know that God is there, God’s creation is connected. We do not journey alone through Lent.

This Week, reflect on the moments when you’ve been in the “wilderness” of life – a physical, emotional, or spiritual wilderness. Think about who and what was with you at that time. Recall how your connections with God, creation, and others came to your aid. Carry these moments with you as you begin your Lenten journey.