Sometimes my heart is broken in church.
I know I can tend to dissect sermons a bit more than I should, so I try to go in with an open heart, knowing God's Word does not return void and He can use anything and anyone to bring people to Himself.
But this Sunday my heart grieved.
I hoped that this church would be one of the thousands taking a moment of silence for the 21 martyrs. I had prepared my heart to watch the soul stirring video. To hear about the persecuted Church. To be reminded of my brothers and sisters in chains.
Today is Ash Wednesday. And Ash Wednesday ushers in the season of Lent.
I know there are probably many that don't know that or don't care. But I truly believe that this season is crucial in order to fully appreciate the agony of Good Friday and the wonder of Easter.
I just love me some Old Testament. Seriously. It amazes me to read about God's redemptive heart and see how the story continually points to Jesus. I'm traveling through it right now and after reading through Leviticus, a book I have a feeling is often overlooked in personal Bible readings, a couple themes kept surfacing. While there may be many things that are confusing or planted in a different cultural context, our God is the same God. He included this book in His Word for a reason, and so I believe He has important things to say to us through it.
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.