Lenten Devotional for February 23

Emptied to Be Filled

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Jesus looked at him carefully and loved him. He said, “You are lacking one thing. Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.”
—Mark 10:21


I like to imagine that each of us is a beautiful chalice fashioned by God. As a chalice is filled, we can be filled to overflowing with the love of the triune God. To be filled with the Spirit, we must first be empty – a frightening prospect. We attempt to avoid the emptiness by filling our time with activity and our minds with information. We fill our appetites with pleasurable things, good food, sex, and exciting recreation. We seek to possess, to consume, to control – all to fill the emptiness, and we allow our addictions and attachments to get out of control. Yet only one thing satisfies the longing of the soul, the one thing Jesus said was needful: God.
—J. David Muyskens*


Dear God, we know that you give us our daily bread and continually offer the bread of life. You are our only reliable source for all that we need, but our memory is short, and we easily forget. Teach us to depend on you daily. Amen.


What is your personal definition of satisfaction?

Credits: *Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by J. David Muyskens. Copyright © 2006 by J. David Muyskens. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

This and the other devotionals for this Lenten Series can be found at the following link: http://www.thegodwecanknow.com/category/50-devotions/page/4/.

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