Saturday: March 3                                                    

Psalm 22:23-31

You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;

stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted;

he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied;

those who seek him shall praise the LORD.

May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD;

and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

For dominion belongs to the LORD,

and he rules over the nations.

To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;

before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,

and I shall live for him.

Posterity will serve him;

future generations will be told about the Lord,

and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,

saying that he has done it.

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            I need the season of Lent. It is good to remember that God is the Lord and I am not. The words of the Psalmist help me to remember that:

            He does not forget me when I fail to live up to His will for my life.

            When I fall, He is there to pick me up.

                        I remember and give thanks.

            When I cry out in the midst of my failure and sin,

                        He is quick to be merciful.

            I am not forgotten.

                        He does not hide His face from me.

                        He wants to be seen by me.

            Therefore, let me not forget,

                        but remember His love as I tell others there is hope for today. God has not forgotten me or you. As a result, we all need Lent.

Heavenly Father, for the power of resurrection we yearn, even as we remember and celebrate the new life available because of the empty tomb.

In remembrance, we give you all the glory and praise in the name of Jesus.

Rev. William Pollack

First Christian Church, Princeton

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