Week 4: Focus. This week, we will look at what it takes to focus on God’s blessings in our lives. God blesses us with gifts of religious practice and observance, worship and study, help and community, and rest. How can we continue to focus on these blessings not just during Lent but throughout our lives? How can we keep the busyness of life from taking away our focus?
Read: Exodus 12:21-28, Luke 22:7-20
Reflect: Statutes, customs, and laws unify people, help them cooperate, and form the shape of their group identity. God claims the Israelites and attempts to unify them with his commands and observances. Passover was vital to Jews in the time of Jesus and is still important to Jews today. Which observances, such as Holy Communion, help you identify yourself as a Christian? Which ones help you feel like you are God’s, His chosen, His child?
Write: Here or privately.
Recite: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26