|Our front yard this morning, as the storm continues to roll in....|
This Sunday our family was snowed in, unable to attend church. Six inches of snow may not sound like a great deal of the wintry white stuff, but then this is Southern California.... ;)
So I prayed from my Book of Common Prayer 2011 this morning, including the Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Lent:
GOD of all mercy, who knows that we are justly punished in all that comes upon us for our evil deeds; In your mercy, grant that we may be relieved by the comfort of your grace; Through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
I also prayed the Psalms for the Eighteenth Day which includes Psalms 90-94. Psalm 92 contains some wonderful lines that I prayed while the snow fell in large, fluffy flakes while our family gathered around our roaring fire:
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
But as I meditate upon my Lenten journey which has been quite the exercise in self-control, I can only pray with Paul's Second Epistle to the Church at Corinth:
"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another."
--2 Corinthians 3:18
So as we continue through the second half of our Lenten journeys, may God strengthen us as we behold His glory, transformed into His image from day to day as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior!
Journeying with you, this Lent and always,