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Lent day 9

Thursday

Theme: Rest

Scripture

Hebrews 4:1-10

The promise to enter the place of rest is still good, and we must take care that none of you miss out. We have heard the message, just as they did. But they failed to believe what they heard, and the message did not do them any good. Only people who have faith will enter the place of rest. It is just as the Scriptures say,

“God became angry
and told the people,
‘You will never enter
my place of rest!’”

God said this, even though everything has been ready from the time of creation. In fact, somewhere the Scriptures say that by the seventh day, God had finished his work, and so he rested. We also read that he later said, “You people will never enter my place of rest!” This means that the promise to enter is still good, because those who first heard about it disobeyed and did not enter. Much later God told David to make the promise again, just as I have already said,

“If you hear his voice today,
don’t be stubborn!”

If Joshua had really given the people rest, there would not be any need for God to talk about another day of rest. But God has promised us a Sabbath when we will rest, even though it has not yet come. On that day God’s people will rest from their work, just as God rested from his work.

Reflection prompts

  • When was the last time you truly rested?
  • What practices are restful for you?
  • What changes in your life need to be made to protect rest?

Prayer

God of rest, what a gift it is to us that you rested on the seventh day. Oh how
we need that example. Oh how I need that example. I am weary, so today I
pray: Give me the strength and the wisdom to rebuild my life with rest at the
center. Amen. —Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.
org

Lent Study Groups

Visio Divina

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During Lent there will be an opportunity to delve into the scriptures deeper through a process called Visio Divina. Study groups are online Wednesday 12:30pm. Studies begin Wednesday 24th February.

Visio Divina, latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery. Traditionally, Visio Divina was accompanied by Benedictine iconography and illuminations, however, different faith traditions have adapted the process over time, utilizing both secular and nonsecular images.

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