Walking with Matthew Through Lent: The Wilderness – February 28, 2021

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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"I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,

who made heaven and earth." Psalm 121

Saturday Blessings, SDUMC family and friends!

I can still remember the days when I was riding in the back seat of the car and hear the words of my mom or dad whispering (maybe not always whispering), "I think we're lost." Of course, then would come the worry of how much time we had lost and how much fuel was left until the next exit or town. The next step in those days was the process of my parents going through the glove compartment or the AAA bag to find that piece of paper that would get us back on course. Yes, the piece of paper that we called a map.

How easy it is for us these days now that we have apps that tell us when to turn or if we have made a wrong turn. Instead of finding where we are on the map now, we can just press a button on our dashboard, and before we know it, a voice is sharing all the pertinent information. Finding our way when we are lost is not too harsh these days.

Before the apps and all the papers in the glove compartment, there has been a season that gives us guidance when we find ourselves overwhelmed, lost or tired on life's journey. Of course, this is the season of Lent. As I have grown in my Christian walk, the season of Lent has continued to become more and more critical to my personal journey. It is a time when I am reminded that One has mapped the way for me, and I don't have to go at it alone. A season in which I can join with my church family to journey together through corporate prayer, devotions, stewardship, and worship. It is a season that may not bring the quickest route but leads me to a place that I could never have imagined.

Psalm 121 is designed precisely for travelers who face a demanding and possibly risky journey. It is a psalm that has been used over and over by travelers and now is available for us. This psalm is an assurance and an affirmation that we are not alone on our journeys. The psalm reminds us that God has traveled the road before us, is with us now, and in the days to come.

I hope for a moment you'll take some time and read Psalm 121 and ask God for guidance on your Lenten walk. I also hope that you will consider joining us at one of the studies this Lent to remind you that you are not alone on the travels of life.

This Sunday, we will join together on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (or later in the day) and continue our series, Walking With Matthew Through Lent. This week, we will follow Jesus into the wilderness.

Grace, Peace and Lenten Blessings,

PS As we begin the month of March, we will also restart our outside worship on Sunday mornings. Watch for more information in the week to come.

PPS Also, I hope you might spend some time with Dr. Michael Lodahl, the St. Paul's UMC of Coronado Congregation, and myself as we walk with Matthew on Wednesday nights this Lent (information below).

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