Thursday - February 18th

Hosanna, Making Lent Meaningful -Written by Kristen Raine


Psalm 118 (CEV):23-27  2 3 The Lord has done this, and it is amazing to us. 24  This day belongs to the Lord!  Let’s celebrate and be glad today. 25 We’ll ask the Lord to save us! We’ll sincerely ask the Lord to let us win.  26 God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! We praise you from here in the house of the Lord. 27 The Lord is our God, and he has given us light! Start the celebration! March with palm branches all the way to the altar. 


The season of Lent can be some of the most life changing, perspective changing, hope filled days of the entire year!  We live with a post resurrection perspective and prefer the celebration and resurrection of Easter Sunday over the horror and sacrifice of Good Friday.  That seems natural as the words expressed in Psalm 118 say, “Let us Win!” and  “Start the Celebration.”  Just what is it that we celebrate?  How to you define ’winning’?   How much do you stop and consider just what it cost Jesus to WIN?   Sure, Jesus defeated death and provided the perfect sacrifice for our sins, but I would suggest the WIN is so much broader and would ask you to reconsider today just what His WIN for us entailed.  His death was horrific yet He was willing.  Why?  Because of LOVE - to bless us and to allow our relationship with the Father to be restored.  His sacrifice, his example, his love, his death-defying power allows us to be Easter people - people who accept and receive forgiveness, people who pray, people who win and help others win.  Pray today praising God for his blessings, but don’t take for granted just what it cost him. 


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