The First Sunday in Lent

The Church Altar13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. ~ Colossians 1:13-20 (NASB)

Sometimes we forget that we dwell in God’s Kingdom, not by our own merit, but solely by His grace. Jesus gave His life on the cross for our redemption and the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus alone reconciles us to the Lord, and He shed His precious blood to do it.

Heavenly Father, I thank You that Jesus has rescued me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to His Kingdom. I am unworthy, but You are merciful. You sent us Your Son, created in Your image and Creator of all things. He holds everything together, Lord, even the sinews of my body. This is beyond my comprehension, but I thank You for all Jesus has done and continues to do, reconciling all things to You. Give me a grateful heart, Lord, and the desire and will to walk in the paths in which You lead me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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