Lean Into Lent: Day 3

Lent is a preparation, a spiritually-disciplined journey, a purposeful reflection on Jesus Christ.

Then He said to them, “I assure you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come in power.”

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transformed in front of them, and His clothes became dazzling—extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it’s good for us to be here! Let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”— because he did not know what he should say, since they were terrified.

A cloud appeared, overshadowing them, and a voice came from the cloud:

This is My beloved Son; listen to Him!

Then suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus alone. (Mark 9:1-8)

 A voice of one crying out:

Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness;
make a straight highway for our God in the desert.
Every valley will be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill will be leveled;
the uneven ground will become smooth
and the rough places, a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will appear,
and all humanity together will see it,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

A voice was saying, “Cry out!”
Another said, “What should I cry out?”
“All humanity is grass,
and all its goodness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flowers fade
when the breath of the Lord blows on them;
indeed, the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flowers fade,
but the word of our God remains forever.” (Isaiah 40:3-8)

  • Read today’s verses multiple times, aloud when possible.
  • Write something that stands out to you on a sticky note, and carry it with you throughout the day.
  • Journal sometime throughout the day or write reflections in the comments section below each post.
  • Refuse to treat this daily reading as something you “have to” do. Challenge yourself to lean into the verses, open your heart to them, and journey toward Jesus through them.

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