3rd Sunday of Lent

It sounded something like this when my kids sleepily realized what day it was… “I love Sunday’s!”

The sugar we ate today isn’t the only thing they were looking forward to, but it’s builds anticipation and it’s a sweet reminder to our senses that God is good.

“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good” Psalm 34:8.

Isn’t it just like our Heavenly Father to lavishly give good gifts, sweets, and treats to his children…gifts we don’t need to survive.  Sugar is unnecessary…that’s why it’s a treat.  If we were given treats all the time, it would cease to be special.  We may not even think about it any more.  “Of course I eat sugar…every day!”  But wait!  God does give treats every day, sweet extras – that we really don’t deserve!  Beautiful sights, animals, kind people, extra food, fun entertainment, and the list could go on.  I forget that these are gifts, not rights.  We are undeserving of such special treats and attention…we are undeserving of God’s notice even.  But here we are, enjoying the delights and tastes of his very own making.  Not only is he giving treats to his children but he spreads it out on the table of the earth like a feast. Sunday (Sabbath) is when we try to draw our attention to the feast around us…so we don’t just assume it’s ours for the taking…so we remember to be thankful.

And now it is night.  You would think I was asking the children go on a safari, by how excited they are turning off all the lights in the house so we can do our candles.  It’s a short time tonight.  “What does the light represent?”  “What does the dark represent?”   We read I John 1 again.  5 candles are lit.

I John 1:5-10  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

One candle is snuffed out (3 are dark now).  “How are we going to fight the battle against sin in this new week of Lent?”  We remind them of the offensive weapon of the Bible that we talked about earlier and then pray for God to help us in the fight this week.  Even these simple phrases are helpful throughout the week and give us words to say to each other in the middle of the fight.  I need these words just as much as the kids do.

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