Today is the first day of Lent. Following Andrew Careaga’s example, I am going to try to practice Lectio Divina for Lent. Mornings are crazy in our home, so I think it’ll mainly happen at work or in the evening. I have practiced Lectio sporadically since February 16, and lately just completely fallen off the bandwagon. What’s cool is that (unlike a conventional “quiet time,”) I noticed I wasn’t doing it and miss it! I have done some Psalms and the opening of Mark, so my plan is to continue through Mark.
Today it’s Mark 1:4-8, and the phrase that “shimmered” was he will baptize you with/in the Holy Spirit. When John baptized, people confessed their sins, repented, and received forgiveness… but in their own strength. To follow Jesus, we must do as he did: completely depend on the Holy Spirit. As Gene Edwards writes in The Secret to the Christian Life, even Jesus did not live the Christian life by his own strength. You can’t, it’s totally contradictory! Reminds me of a song I know: “I can do nothing apart from you / Teach me the power of total dependency”
Erin is going to be baptised this Sunday in our hot tub. She has been ready for some time. Her little faith is so earnest and simple, and challenges me.
++ Lord, help me to prepare her for her big day. Help me to live this day remembering the earnestness of my own baptism. ++