Sunday, 26 February 2012

First Sunday of Lent

The first Sunday of lent is now almost over... It went by very quickly.
As hinted in my previous post, I have been working on getting a new App out to replace the iDoms Reader. There were a few hiccups in the last few days, but all is set to go now... I think...
Users of the current App might have experience a small view strange phenomena during the server upgrades earlier but all seems back to normal now...

But that is not the important thing... The important thing is how we today spent time in our preparation of Lent. Today in the Gospel we read that Jesus went into the desert for 40 days... It is like the 40 days Israel spend in the desert when coming out of Egypt, being liberated from their slavery, but purifying themselves after having rejected God when said to enter the promised land.

And this has similarities with our own journey, and it is good to be aware of this. Jesus went into the desert after His baptism. And while it was not a delivery from sin for Jesus, He was baptised so every thing was done right. For us, our baptism is a cleansing from our sin, and now we spend the time in the desert to prepare ourself to come closer to God, on a journey to find Him again after our own rejections in our own ways.

I think it is an idea to reflect on the fact that we are REALLY called to a closer communion with God. Sometimes our faith can become a bit stale, and we lose the 'wow' effect a bit. But maybe during this time of preparation, a daily 15 minute break from everything to reflect on the question 'where God is in my life' could be a good idea.

God is always close to us, but so often we put him aside. We like him to be there when we pray or are in need, but during the rest of the day there is sometimes little space available for Him. But this could imply that God is somebody for which we need to make time for to spend time with. This is true, but not the full truth, because is with us at all times. Like a husband and wife can enjoy each others company doing the daily duties and still being aware of their mutual presence.

Once we are aware of this, we can start to slowly change our habit of ignoring God, and including Him in everything we do. Then the wow effect becomes real again, once we realise how close God is to us at all times. Then we once more realise the change it makes to our lives when we keep close to Him!

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