Daily Lenten Reflection

“He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic.’” Luke 9:3 NRSV

While I was packing for a recent trip these tough words from Jesus floated into my mind.    But how could I take nothing with me?  That seemed simply impossible.  (The irony of that phrase is not lost on me.)  My imagination fill with “what if” scenarios as I was picking from my clothes and shoes and books to take.  What if it was going to be cold?  What if it rained?  What if I was invited out to eat and the clothes I had weren’t appropriate?  What if I needed to reference a certain author or idea I had read?  Although I’ve gotten better at packing I still tend to overpack and struggle with the burden of carrying too much on my journey. –Dustin Davis, Disarmingly Simple 

Reflect: 

  • As we move toward the end of this Lenten journey, take a moment to assess what unnecessary weight you are still invited to release.
  • When do the “what if” scenarios in your life keep you from leaving things behind that are currently burdening?
  • Prayerfully dwell with Luke 9:3. What is God’s invitation to you in this text?

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