This week, in follow-up to Sunday’s Sermon and 2nd hour activity/discussion, our Lenten devotionals will feature stories of “Turning Points”–moments where one’s journey moved in a new direction.
TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE IN GOD’S PRESENCE as you begin.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
“Get Out of the Car” by Janet Hagberg
It was late at night, in the country on a gravel road. It felt a bit spooky. Yet I stopped the car and said “Get out of the car.”
This short but clear phrase marked the point my life turned in a new direction. I had been in an emotionally abusive relationship with my companion in the car and at that moment, I moved from feeling hopeless and unworthy of better treatment, to a place of inner truth and courage.
I’m not sure what allowed me or caused me, at that moment, to say “no” but I knew I would be different from then on, that I could never fully go back, even if I wasn’t sure how I would go forward.
I had come home to myself.
REFLECTION. What is a moment where God showed up in your life and the direction you were headed changed? Pause to reflect upon this. Then pray and give God thanks for God’s deep love that invites and calls us all home.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.