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‘Loving God and neighbor’

This is week three in our Lenten devotional time. So far we have looked at what it means to be in wilderness and where our wilderness experiences may be. We have reflected upon how God might be using others to be of help to us, or how we are being led to accompany someone on their difficult journey. I remind you that the theme is REHAB, short for rehabilitation. If any of you have done rehab, physical, mental, emotional … then you know you cannot succeed alone. You also know that any good rehab is done in the midst of a “program.” As human beings, as children of God, and as followers of Jesus, is there a program, a set of steps, an enumerated list of items that might help us in Lent? Might help us as we think and pray about how we can become better or more dedicated in living out our faith? Here’s a hint … stone tablets.

Yes, the Ten Commandments. Do you remember them from the Book of Exodus? Can you list them all? Can you do it in order? I hope that as you rediscover these commands that it will help you to see how well you may be living your faith. Jesus said, “to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and your neighbor as yourself.” He also said, “I have come not to replace the law, but to fulfill it.” So please reflect this week on loving God and neighbor … if you need it broken down some, reconnect with the commandments from your childhood. Reflect on your life. Reconnect with God your Creator. Be restored as the person God created you to be.

Tim Beck is pastor of Kenbridge United Methodist Church. His email address is revtimbeck@gmail. com.