LENT: WEEK 2

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”

— Psalm 121


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There is a famous tree in New Zealand called the Wanaka Tree. It’s become a bucket list item for photographers and a must-see stop for travelers.. But before it was something to behold, it was something broken.This tree ‘started its life as a fence post in that very spot.. just a branch chopped off a large willow plugged in the ground’. When locals tell the story, they say they’ve watched the tree transform from a “hacked off branch from nearby willows” to a symbol of determination.What brokenness in your life has allowed room for light to stream in in a way that, undeniably, got your attention? How has it changed you? Who are you now because of it? What was broken that is now something to behold?If there’s something broken now, don’t rush the resolve. You have to tend to the garden before you see it burst to life.Would we see brokenness as a connection instead of a separation.Allowing grace for empty spaces to dream once again. He has not left us.God, help us remember that the broken pieces may often grow into the most unique life.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”

— Psalm 121


erico-marcelino-91QHQ3GGh9I-unsplash.jpg
There is a famous tree in New Zealand called the Wanaka Tree. It’s become a bucket list item for photographers and a must-see stop for travelers.. But before it was something to behold, it was something broken.This tree ‘started its life as a fence post in that very spot.. just a branch chopped off a large willow plugged in the ground’. When locals tell the story, they say they’ve watched the tree transform from a “hacked off branch from nearby willows” to a symbol of determination.What brokenness in your life has allowed room for light to stream in in a way that, undeniably, got your attention? How has it changed you? Who are you now because of it? What was broken that is now something to behold?If there’s something broken now, don’t rush the resolve. You have to tend to the garden before you see it burst to life.Would we see brokenness as a connection instead of a separation.Allowing grace for empty spaces to dream once again. He has not left us.God, help us remember that the broken pieces may often grow into the most unique life.

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