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Jesus, "human like one of us," needed time in the desert to grow closer to God. Lent is our time for personal growth...to
grow in faith…grow in love...grow in trust... to grow all that is "good" in us.
This weekend we are wrapping up our March GIFT program. Our topic is “Jesus the man.” What a great way to start our
Lenten journey. Our focus comes from the Gospel account where Jesus goes into the desert and is tempted by Satan. He is first tempted by food with Satan saying “If you are the Son of God...” Jesus’ humanity is being tested. As a man Jesus must have been thinking something like this, “If God truly loved me I would not be in this situation.”
We know that Jesus was able to overcome all the temptations that Satan could throw at him. Jesus, as always, shows us the way to ask for guidance and direction from God. Lent is a wonderful time to examine our own lives. What a great time to re-focus on our strengths and weaknesses and do as Jesus did. Ask His Father, our God, for help and forgiveness. Here is a beautiful prayer that I found on the Vibrant Faith at Home website for Lent that could help us start:
God, we give thanks for the joy of your creation and the blessings of life you have breathed into us. Make us mindful of our connection to the world around us. As we journey through Lent, help us to feel your breath
within us and all around us. Thanks for the gifts of new life you offer each day. In Jesus’ name.
Thanks for joining me on my faith journey,
GIFT Staff/Youth Minister
Faith in Action Coordinator