Like many, I grew up observing Lent for the first 18 years of my life. For me, it was more about giving up stuff. But tomorrow, as we begin the Lenten season, it will be more about "letting go" of things and looking truthfully at what is happening in my heart as I walk through life. It will be about finding God in the midst of my mess. A Good God. A Holy God. A Glorious God.
Larry Crabb has a new book called 66 Love Letters and there are about 20 of us reading through the Bible together and using his 66 Love Letters book as a devo guide to unpack the truth in each book. You can click on AString of Pearls blog in the top left column of this page to still jump in and join us there.
But I wanted to let you know that Larry is offering daily excerpts from his 66 Love Letters book through a free e-mail service, a short reading for reflection every day during Lent's forty days (except Sundays) starting Wednesday February 17 and ending on Easter April 4th.. Just click (or copy and paste) the following LINK and subscribe by e-mail: http://www.66loveletters.cgrantandcompany.com/I am free today in ways I never dreamed because of my friend, Larry Crabb. Larry has given me courage to face what is going on in my heart and has helped me find God in ways I could have never imagined. I encourage you to take a look at his new book by subscribing to the free Lenten e-mails as we prepare our hearts for Him!
I'll end with one of the lines from the first chapter of his book 66 Love Letters: "I want you to realize that I never underestimated how thoroughly you'd mess up your life or how painfully you would struggle and suffer, and I don't want you to underestimate your failures or struggles either. They're all part of the story I'm telling. But neither have I underestimated my determination or ability to enter the mess you've made and the pain you feel and turn everything around. I can, and I will, make everything good again. Never underestimate Me!"