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The Way - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

We live today in a culture of instant gratification. Our brains, programed to respond to novelty and stimulation, are now addicted to the buzz of new and now. Social experiences ranging from watching TV and movies on-demand to social media, even booking a restaurant table, have been designed and redesigned to keep us hooked on instant enjoyment and hungry for more. The result is a society rife with discontent driven by emptiness and impatience.

Jesus offers us another way. He promises to nurture us and nourish us with his teachings, so that we can find purpose and fulfilment in each day, so that we are never hungry. What do you feed your soul with right now? And is it sustaining or emptying? How can God, perhaps through worship or study, prayer or reflection, inspire you so that your days are filled with purpose and meaning?

Loving God, feed my soul. Nourish me with Your word such that I am filled with meaning and purpose in my days. Support me to turn away from the superficial voices in this world, the empty experiences that can never satisfy. Open my mind instead to the abundant possibilities in my life for knowing and sharing Your love. Amen.

John 6:35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.

The Way

The Way - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

In the passage below, Jesus grounds our faith in his own person, as the way, the truth and the life: a way to follow, a truth to live and a life to embrace. At times the path may be clearly illuminated, stretching out in front of us; at other points, it’s foggy and obscured and each step is taken, not seeing the way ahead but surrendering our sense of sight to our sense of faith. Doubts and questions coexist with hope and encouragement.

How is God, through your relationship of faith, sustaining you right now? Where are you able to draw on either comfort or confidence as you greet each day? Regardless of how far ahead you can see on your path, what conversations in prayer might you have that strengthen you on your journey?

Loving God, remind me that You are the way and nurture me to seek Your way – Your path and Your inspiration – as I head through each day. Enable me to draw on Your support and fortitude as I face the challenges in my world. Bring me into a life enriched by knowing Your teaching and Your trusting love. Amen.

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.

The Journey

The Journey - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Lent is a journey towards the ultimate expression of Christian faith – the cross – as seen in both the sacrifice of Good Friday and the triumph of Easter Sunday. The passage of Lent offers us an opportunity to reflect on what our faith means to us, and how it can shape our lives.

Faith is a gift to each one of us, given by God the Father, revealed in the life of Jesus, God the Son, and enriched by the working of God the Holy Spirit. And while this gift is made equally available to all of us, the way our faith is expressed will be unique to each one of us, in our worship, our relationship with God and our lives in the world.

As we begin this Lenten journey, pause and contemplate two questions based on the ministry of John Wesley: how’s your faith? And what was the last thing God said to you? Those can be deeply confronting questions and answers may come immediately as well as over time. How might you open your heart and your soul to let Lent be a time of conversation with God? A period of reflection and renewal for your faith this year?

Loving God, surround us with Your love and guidance as we begin our Lenten journey towards the cross. Slow our days to find the time for prayer and contemplation. Awaken us to Your presence in our lives and Your words for us. Reassure us with the knowledge of Your immense sacrifice and the grace You share for us and for our salvation. Amen.

John 3: 16-17

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.