season of Lent is a time for us to face together the brokenness of our lives
and our world, and then turn that brokenness over to Christ so that we can be
restored by him through the cross. Coming to an understanding of how each of
these broken elements leads to restoration in Christ is key to understanding
what it ultimately means to live today as new creations in Christ.
A broken vessel
holds costly perfume; we are broken vessels restored when Christ pays the price
for us on the cross.
and overwhelms us with a world that is rich in sensory experiences.
We see and
we hear, we feel and we taste, we smell and we delight in the goodness of God.
We see the rich
blue of the vast sky above us, we hear the simple song of the sparrow.
We feel the
warmth of the sun on our faces, we taste the sharp and sweet juice of the
We smell the
rich promise of rain-soaked land and the fragrant blossoms of spring.
God sends so many gifts, so many reminders of his abundant grace and love for
us, his creatures.
of the Day
Let us pray.
God, our lives overflow with the incredible flood of your lavish giving. Our
senses are overloaded with the richness and variety of the gifts that you have
built into the creation. And when we consider the love and life given to us in
the work of Jesus, we are undone. There are not words or actions sufficient to
thank you for what you give to us. In the name of Christ who heals all