Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
It’s not too late—God’s personal Message! – “Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!” Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, this most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe.” – Joel 2:12-13 (MSG)
Lent is a special time in the lives of God’s people. It is our time to refocus and reconnect with God. Sometimes we realize as another Lent approaches that we have wandered from the direction God has for us.
It is so very easy to do. Our lists, commitments and plans begin redirecting our steps. We have priorities. Family, and friends, hobbies and to do lists begin to become the gods of our own making and before we know it we realize that we have left the comfort of the Most High God for the maddening race of the world in which we live.
God has called for our return, but we put our fingers in our ears and do not hear the life-giving message God sends. When we are at a crossroads, God tells us it is not too late. Come back and really mean it. Come with a repentant heart ready to change your direction and life.
PRAYER: Holy God, you hear our prayers and know our hearts. Help us to refocus our lives upon you and come back to your ways, your thoughts and your living Hope. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.