Practicing The Presence of God

Read: Psalm 51:1-17 and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, and Lent helps us to focus on what matters. Psalm 51 expresses how important forgiveness is. Forgiveness matters. In Matthew 6, Jesus points out that things we typically value, that we treasure, can easily be taken away or destroyed over time. This is true of health, fame, or material possessions. What really matters—is to be treasured—is God’s living presence in our lives. Instead of practicing our faith to get the attention of others—to gain a kind of approval—simply enjoy the intimacy of God’s presence in our lives that gives us a new heart and a new beginning daily. Enjoying God’s presence through faith practices like prayer, fasting, and service to others, helps us to experience the true treasure of life. This Lent, how could you enjoy the treasure of God’s presence in your life?

Pray: Merciful God, as we enter this Lenten season, guide our thoughts, words, and deeds to humbly receive your mercy and grace, the true treasure of life. In Jesus name, amen.

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