Two days after my house burned down in 2010, I was in Knoxville with my sister getting the bare essentials. Things like makeup and cowboy boots and a computer. I shudder when I look back at the photos. I had a black eye from jumping out of my two story window wore ill fitting borrowed clothes for days. I think it was the lack of hair products though that made me look the most pitiful.
We walked by Williams Sonoma and I went in to look at their soup pots. My sister very kindly and tenderly said, “Um, sis, you don’t even have a stove.”
Oh yeah, the little detail of my house just burning down.
I bought the soup pot anyways.
Two days after everything I owned burned to the ground, I was now the proud owner of a computer, some cowboy boots, and a dutch oven, while my stove and a lifetime of memories lay in an ashy heap beside the turquoise chair. People fed me for weeks, God bless them every one, but I found my way back to life again by making soup, by feeding my people.
That very same dutch oven sits on my stovetop everyday and reminds me that my calling is to serve and love and feed and I can do that no matter what burns down around me. There’s always some one right in front of me who has needs that I am perfectly suited to meet, regardless of my education level, my current job, or my socioeconomic status in life.
Lent begins this Wednesday and every time it comes around now, I think of the fire.
“Dust you are and to dust you shall return.”
Lent reminds us that we aren’t yet home. Lent reminds us not to settle too comfortably into this world, to travel lightly so that we may have hands free to serve our neighbor on the way. Lent reminds us why God came to us in the flesh—not to give us wealth and prosperity, not to destroy our enemies, not to set up a powerful earthly kingdom, no, none of that.
He came to serve, to give His life as a ransom for many. He came to die.
So, before we rush on ahead to the blessed Easter resurrection, let us walk with Christ through the dark—His pain and agony, the betrayals and lies, the night of our own sin, the stronghold of our self-righteousness, the doubt of our weak and failing faith. Let us walk with Him to His cross and find that the Hope of the world was running to rescue us all along, to give us life and salvation and to fit us with a the sacred calling of sharing that love with the world.
It would be my honor for you to join me in a 40 day Lenten devotional of the Prodigal Son. The sign up period ends tonight at midnight EST.
The devotional study will include a near daily email with occasional videos and access to a private Facebook group for discussion. At the end of the study, those registered will receive a pdf of all the material in one easy to access document, along with printable quotes that will be used along the way. The study is free and there are no required materials. Resources that I will be using are—Finding the Lost, Cultural Keys to Luke 15 by Kenneth Bailey, Grace Upon Grace by John Kleinig, The Commentary on Luke by Arthur Just, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey, and The Cross & The Prodigal by Kenneth Bailey. Also, the ESV translation of the Scriptures.
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I’m really looking forward to working my way through this study, Edie. Thank you for sharing it with us. I’m praying for a deep and rich Lenten experience for all of us.
would love to join the study. but do not see the form?
Edie Wadsworth says
Not sure if it’s showing on mobile devices or iPads? I can add your email manually if you’d like?
Please do.:) firstname.lastname@example.org
Signed in below the post, took me to a website area I could not sign in…like a blog site sign in. If I’m unable to do that with a log in and pw, guess I’m out of the devotional?
Edie Wadsworth says
Robin, It says your confirmation is pending. Once you click the link the confirmation email, you should be in. You don’t need a pw or log in.
Becky Smith says
When i submitted the sign up form, it took me to a site requiring user name and password. Could you please sign me up manually? Thanks for all you do Edie. It it such a pleasure following your blog.
Submitted info and it took me to a WP login page. Just wanted to make sure I was added. Thanks – looking forward to this!
Oh, got a confirmation. Never mind 🙂
Brenda Murphy says
A lovely post, thank you. I know the feeling of deep gratitude in the face of chaos. Our home blew up, and I was in it. Re-building the home was easy compared to re-building our lives. But we did, consciously and steadily. Having a brain injury, made every choice that much more difficult, and that much easier. Today, is another day to participate in my own actualization. So exciting to find the new order:)
Chris Ussery says
I submitted two e-mails, but never received a confirmation e-mail on either.
Hi I cannot seem to submit. When I hit ‘name’, a cursor comes up for a second, but no keyboard to type! Can you add me please?
I’m looking forward to this series, but when I fill in the form, I get a response that says that my name and address are already submitted. Is anyone who follows your blog automatically subscribed?
Thank you for offering this study. I enjoyed this morning’s e-mail. You are such a blessing!
mary kathryn says
I would love to take part in Lent devotions.
I would have done it sooner, but no school for the past two
weeks means very little time to check blogs.
I think I am supposed to fill out a form, but not sure where it is.
I’ll keep looking.
I really love this post. It bring me to tears.
It was great to meet you at Crossland last weekend! Thank you so much for coming. I’m the girl who came and introduced myself to you and said I’m a new blogger. I’d love it if you’d check out my site and give me any suggestions for building my follower base! Again, it was great to meet you Edie 🙂