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In our staff meeting on February 19, all things Lent was part of the conversation. Preparation for Lent is a tad bit different than prepping for Advent.

After the staff meeting, I walked out to the front grounds of Trinity. I was looking for my old friend–a zinc coated handle buried in the top of the turf.

The handle is attached to a 4×4 post. The post goes into the ground a few feet. It marks the spot where the cross will be placed during Lent. It took me a few minutes, but the shy midday sun eventually peeked out the handle. I appreciate the assist from God. He saved me from wandering aimlessly for hours.

In that same staff meeting, Matthew 5: 43-48 was read and discussed. For some reason verse 45 stood out to me: So that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”

Despite how I think, live, and act, God’s sun and rain are cast upon us all. God doesn’t provide the sun and rain for only the good and righteous. His raindrops and sunrays claim us all.

I hope I can hold those words tight to me for the remainder of my life.

And, I also hope during Lent, this devotional booklet will give you something to hold on to as well.