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Week 1

2012

Lenten Guide


Occupy: God in Time and Space O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. St. Augustine Something about the cathedrals, temples, and leaves me with this sense of awe and peace. a bit obsessed. The archiwork, murals and strucare all quite fascinating. I ed of the overwhelming one experiences as they enter that hallowed ground. There is something about

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this idea of sacred space that intrigues and inspires--the idea that people of faith have made room for God to occupy the places and spaces of their lives. Creating time and space allows us to be reminded of who we are and whose we are. It calls us to pause and reflect on the chaos we encounter in our lives. We are invited to question and examine our own ideas about the injustices in the world around us. At times, it even calls us to action. I am reminded of Christ’s awareness of the need for solitude and reflection. Jesus’ realization of this necessity to create time and space allowed God to occupy him in ways that radically changed the people he encountered--for the better. I wonder what would happen if we took God’s words to Moses in the Old Testament seriously as he instructs Moses, “Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground.” These words cause me to wonder - What it would look like if we allowed the Kingdom of God to occupy our world -- our thoughts, actions, words, and encounters with others? As we enter this season of Lent may we too and space in our lives for the spirit of God to us. May we be open to the possibilities of allow God to show up in our lives in unexways. May our pausing cause us to realize that here and present among us. God is calling us to body the very characteristics of Christ in a world that is desperate for love. May God occupy you create in to encounter new way. Take off your standing on

the space and time your life as you seek God in a fresh and sandals, you’re holy ground.

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Exodus 3:1-6 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ He said further, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Psalm 38:9, 21-22 O Lord, All my longing is known to you; my sighing is not hidden from you... Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, do not be far from me; make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation. Mark 1:9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

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Hyaets 2012 Lenten Guide, Week 1  

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