Lent ’07

My Lenten meditations for the year 2007

Lent 07: Day 13

We are going through Winter’s last gasp here in the Mid-Atlantic region. It is in the 20’s and we have had a couple of inches of snow. Driving to and from work today wasn’t too bad, but I purposely left extra early so I could come home extra early and avoid the rush hour nightmares.…

Lent 07: Day 12

“A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that has found him, has found a treasure. Sirach 6:14 Jesus had a lot to say about friends. He even called some of his contemporaries friends. He called Lazarus his friend. …he said to them, “Our friend (φιλοσ) Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to…

Lent 07: Day 11

I think it is time to move away from the discussion of agape for a while. I fully intend to come back to it, but for now a change of scenery we do us good, so we will shift to the second most significant biblical word for love: philios, which is brotherly love or friendship.…

Lent 07: Day 10S

It is the Second Sunday in Lent and with this post I have finally caught up and gotten back on track. Accept my apologies for being late in my postings the last couple of days. In today’s Old Testament lesson at my church, we read Genesis 15: 1-18. It is the place where God promises…

Lent 07: Day 10

In my last posting I talked about routines and habits and how agape, because one definition is love in action, can be integrated into our lives as a routine and habit, making it part of everything we do. However, there is an important context to routines and habits that we need to discuss. Jesus told…

Lent 07: Day 9

I am sorry for the lateness of this post but for the second time in a week I lost a posting. I am not sure what is happening, but it is becoming frustrating. I now know when it happens, so if that state reoccurs, I now know how to save my text before it is…

Lent 07: Day 8

I was thinking this evening, can I continue to write on love for another thirty-eight days (33 for the days of Lent and then remaining five Sundays), without people getting a little tired of reading on this one subject? Love is one of those topics that can wear thin after a while, since it is…

Lent 07: Day 7

After yesterday’s post, which was awash in the rapture of agape, it time to take a step back and apply the balancing perspective. One reader, March, left the following comment. So…is agape giving anytime we are asked? I fall so many times into the trap of giving only to find that the gift was ill…

Lent 07: Day 6

The thing that scares people about love, especially the agape kind, is that it makes you vulnerable, it makes demands. For the Son, it led to the incarnation and the cross and one of his most difficult commands was for us to take up our crosses and follow along behind. It is rare to see…

Lent 07: Day 5

After writing on the fourth form of love, agape/agapao for the last seventy-five minutes, I just accidentally deleted the post. So I will have to start again. Such is Lent and agape. God has his reasons. I could go again into how the Greeks used the verb form but the noun only once in all…