Read Philippians 3:17 – 4:1

Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.  For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears.  Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things.
       But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

 from Rev. Rosetta Smith, United Disciples of Christ Church, Charleston:

It’s easy to fall into paths of wanting what one doesn’t need.  There are many paths to take and goals to reach, with our society enticing us with intoxicating offers and choices. We’re overworked, and wonder why we aren’t satisfied, while adding still more work. We run from one scheduled event to another, exhausting ourselves.  Every moment is filled with something, leaving us craving. The more we exert or spend, the emptier we become; it’s like trying to refill a cup of water with a hole in the bottom.  The season of Lent calls us to stop and get back on path! We can be transformed with comfort, love and peace growing within. Release! Reform! Be Resurrected! Christ is coming!  Stay on track, steady in God.

Steady us, O God, on your calling to give ourselves to the life which satisfies,
which we find only in communion with you through your Son Jesus Christ.
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