The strongest use of the word “take” that immediately comes to mind are Jesus’ words on his journey toward the cross: “Take this cup from me.” Even Jesus did not want the cup he was given. He accepted it, but he did not want it according to this plea.
So why did Jesus give as he did? Because God asked him to give—because God sent him to give.
What did God send you to give? And what is it going to take for you to give it?
The poet, Kahlil Gibran, says this about giving: “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
To give of oneself becomes difficult when our sin distracts us. One of the hardest prayers to pray is this: God, reveal to me my sin. Yet, this is where the rubber meets the road, a place where honest faith and trust become important. When we can be completely honest with ourselves about our sin, healing can begin.
Lent is our journey to the cross—the crossroads where Jesus’ bleeding heart awaits—and the place where Jesus actually sealed the deal for us. So rather than allow sin to infect our lives or throw our lives completely into imbalance, remember that God is not the author of the evils that trick you into that dark place. God is not the author of evil but promises us blessings of grace. So for today, whatever it is that tempts you away, instead look for blessing—and take the cup. Amen.
Reflection by Rev. Mary A. Cantrell, MDiv
Chaplain, United Regional, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA.
Program Officer, MCC Heterosexual Inclusion Working Group
The theme for Lent invites us to play with the words Give and Take and the whole balance of giving and receiving. This spiritual practice extends itself beyond Lent having led us to and new life in body and soul. More information is available on Google Drive at these links:
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