Is joy out of place in a season of self-denial and spiritual devotion? The ushers would likely escort me out of our church if I started laughing at this point in the service. But perhaps the liturgy invites us to focus less on what we do or do not do, less on what we deny or add during Lent. What if Ash Wednesday encourages us to grow joyfully in our acknowledgment of God through spiritual disciplines? What if we are meant to hold ourselves as lightly as the dust from last year’s palm fronds?
—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.
—1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, I give thanks for all you have done, are doing, and will do. Because of this, I rejoice.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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