Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, home of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Lazarus and his sisters hosted a dinner for him. Martha served and Lazarus was among those who joined him at the table. – John 12:1-2
Yesterday – Shrove Tuesday – I kicked off my 49-day journey through Lent with a simple invitation to “Join Me.” I included a short video along with an explanation of why I believe this pilgrimage to Easter is important.
(and, if you forgot to enjoy your Shrove Tuesday pancakes then here’s a taste from our table!)
Of course the most important resource we have when it comes to exploring our faith is the Bible. This is why there is almost always a scripture included in these posts, and why we are so excited about the way our WFPC youth will be partnering with Rebekah for her Lenten video-blog series.
Short story: WFPC Youth Director Janet Briley asked our teens to collect inspirational Bible verses from the congregation, along with testimonies that make a direct connection between the scriptures and life. The young people have put together a booklet, and Rebekah is using it as the anchor point for her morning meditations.
Rebekah’s post for today sets the series in motion – Ash Wednesday.
Jesus at a dinner party:
I love the way John’s account of Holy Week begins. Jesus is the guest at a dinner party hosted by Lazarus (until recently, dead) and his sisters. The thought of Jesus as a dinner guest is thrilling, but the fact of his presence is always – even two thousand years down the road – an experience we can plan for, participate in, and enjoy.
Right now COVID may impact our ability to hang out much with other people, and hosting a busy dinner party is not going to happen just yet. But Jesus can still be our guest at every family meal, the center of our conversation, the light, the reason, the hope, the promise, the purpose.
Facilitating the presence of Jesus as a guest at our tables is a great idea for a focus during Lent 2021, and I look forward to hearing some of your stories as to how you make it happen – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.