Lenten Devotion 5, Second Week of Lent

Thursday, February 21
Psalm 27
Genesis 13:1-7, 14-18
Philippians 3:2-12

Friday, February 22
Psalm 27
Genesis 14:17-24
Philippians 3:17-20

Saturday, February 23

Psalm 27
Psalm 118:26-29
Matthew 23:37-39


Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. But there’s far more to life for us. (Philippians 3:17-20)
From: Peterson, Eugene H. THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005, p 1623.

When reading the Philippians passage, I pulled out specific underlined words and phrases. I have never been accused of lacking in imagination, which at times has gotten me into a lot of trouble. I looked on my living room wall, where there hangs a framed print of the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken.” My sister had given it to me as a gift sometime during my first years of teaching. It has hung in my house as a reminder to me that not only has my life made a difference in others but that they have also made a difference in mine. It is a reminder that what we encounter, who we encounter, what happens to us, who happens to us…that they leave a part of themselves with us. Sometimes what we give to others is more than we receive in return, if we receive anything in return.

The passage explains to us that we should not choose the path that is worn, the path that others take, that we in our very being as Christians know is a path that is worn because it is “easy street.” We are told, upfront, that the path less traveled is one that is not easy, but we are not alone. We are not alone because we are walking with Christ. We are being told, straight forward, that it is a path that has loss, that has trauma, that has tears, that has joys, that has fears, that has laughter, that has, most importantly, light. That light is Christ — Christ that is in us, through us, and radiated around us by the others that have chosen the “road less traveled” just as we have.

Because I have chosen the “road less traveled” does not imply that I am perfect in my walk with Christ. What it does imply is that I am willing to live more life through him and that it will “make all the difference.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask that you guide us to that path that is less traveled. We understand that it will not be easy street. We understand that it will have joyous moments but that it will also have moments of sadness. We understand that there will be trauma and loss, but that there will also be laughter, light. I ask that your son, Jesus Christ, light my path as I walk. And I know that it is with and through him that I can walk this “road less
traveled.” Amen.

“The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. “PoemHunter.Com – Thousands of poems and poets. Poetry Search Engine. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <;.

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