Read Joshua 5:9-12

The LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt." And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.

While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

from Pastor Rod Hubbs, First Christian Church, McMechen:

I may be off in my thinking, but when I read this scripture I am reminded of when Christ celebrated the Passover with His apostles. Up until that time they had been following Jesus, enjoying the manna he provided. Upon his crucifixion, their manna was gone and they were on their own to be and to teach the Good News.

This brings to mind when we were first converted.  The stone of ignorance was rolled away, and we were on our journey toward being new creations in Christ.  We put away our old ways, and started our new lives. 

Every Lenten season is a reminder of our new lives in Christ – a refreshing of our minds in the way that we should love each other and live as Christians.

Father, be with us in our refreshing period

and guide us in the way you would have us to go.

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