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Lenten Devotionals: A Challenge for the Season

A word from Todd: Hello!  I hope you’re having a pleasant Thursday afternoon!  Our Lenten Devotional for today was written by Ms. Remey Terrell.  If you’re thinking that you don’t know Remey, you’re probably right since she’s a recent addition to the RSL family!  Remey began serving as the Campus Minister with our Baptist Student Ministry at TCU in mid-January 2013, and has begun meeting with students, establishing a core leadership group, and building the overall BSM program at TCU.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know Remey over the past couple of months and I thought this might be a great way to introduce her to the TCU community!  I hope that her words for you today will inspire you in some unexpected way during your Lenten journey. Blessings, Todd
February 28, 2013                              By: Remey Terrell
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade…In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
My pastor recently described the Lent season as “…our annual journey toward a hill outside of Jerusalem where the innocent Lamb of God died for our sins…” I love the opportunity to pause and reflect during this season and to “journey” with Christ as we ask to share in His suffering and to embrace the weight and reality of His death on a cross; an opportunity to mourn over sin, to prayerfully engage in self-denial and to seek repentance and forgiveness. The journey can look differently for each of us; perhaps it will be giving up something during this season so that your time and focus is on Christ, maybe it will be an intentional time of Scripture study on the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and still it may be taking time to daily pause and be still before the Lord, grateful for His ultimate sacrifice and salvation. How will you prepare your heart and actively journey toward the cross during this season?
My challenge to you and to myself would be to embrace this season as an opportunity to reflect, repent and pray as we prepare our hearts for Easter. I pray that as you journey toward the cross of Christ this Lenten season, your faith is being refined, and as we near the end of the journey, we’re reminded of the good news of an empty tomb and our resurrected Lord…our living hope!
Father, we are so grateful for your gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. May you refine us during this season and may we draw closer to you as we journey toward the cross. Thank you for being our living hope!


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