LENT: WEEK 1

HEBREWS 4:14-16
THEREFORE, SINCE WE HAVE A GREAT HIGH PRIEST WHO HAS ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN, JESUS THE SON OF GOD, LET US HOLD FIRMLY TO THE FAITH WE PROFESS. FOR WE DO NOT HAVE A HIGH PRIEST WHO IS UNABLE TO EMPATHIZE WITH OUR WEAKNESSES, BUT WE HAVE ONE WHO HAS BEEN TEMPTED IN EVERY WAY, JUST AS WE ARE—YET HE DID NOT SIN. LET US THEN APPROACH GOD’S THRONE OF GRACE WITH CONFIDENCE, SO THAT WE MAY RECEIVE MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP US IN OUR TIME OF NEED.


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During these 40 days of lent as we practice abstaining (giving up something) to create space in our lives to connect with Jesus, temptations will come our way. Through this, we can lean into Jesus who is our high priest and understands us (Hebrews 4:14-16). He identifies with us in the struggle and provides help.⁣ ⁣Temptation makes a god out of your control. It takes you out of the present. Tells you what you don’t have or what you have lost.⁣ ⁣ Jesus didn’t attempt to escape temptation in the wilderness. Instead, he stood his ground, recalling what is written. ⁣ ⁣What would it look like to look past the chaos and hit the root? To see God at the center of the fog?⁣You may choose to respond with writing, drawing, or simply meditating on this artwork. We invite you to participate in this practice in a way that feels most natural to you.

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