February often feels endless. (March, too, if we’re being real.) Endless winter and, for some of us here, often the beginning of a beautiful season: Lent.
As beautiful as Lent is—with its focus on tending to our hearts while looking to the suffering King—it can sometimes lead us down paths to negativity where new life is supposed to be happening. And are we not already in the midst of suffering? Last March, when the pandemic hit, we were in the midst of Lent. It seemed providential and the newness and unfamiliarity sprouted a beauty that can only be found when we unite our suffering with that of the King.
But here we are, almost a year later, and for many of us it feels as though Lent never ended. We have continually been called to offer up our desires and plans, clinging to the hope of the resurrection that seems eternally far yet eerily close.
Saint Valentine’s Day this year comes right before the beginning of Lent. Not only is it a day for kids to exchange valentines or a romantic holiday for couples (I’m so sorry if it triggers loneliness), it’s also a remembrance of all relationships of love all around us!
And Royals, you are WORTHY OF LOVE. Imagine if we were all to remind ourselves of that on Saint Valentine’s Day. Tell yourself, I AM WORTHY OF LOVE!
Together, let us burst (or plow if you’re in snow, lol) through the fog and weariness, and let us challenge ourselves to go back to our first love.
Remember the innocence, the exhilaration, the self-gift you experienced within the bond of true love?
It’s time to recapture that feeling. We are being called to no longer dwell on the weight of the cross, but rather on all the ways we have been loved.
Where man has failed, the King’s love reigns. He wants you to experience His presence and love.
For our Royals who are preparing for Lent, we want to provide you with ways to reconnect with your first love throughout the season.
Prayer is conversation with the King. It is through continual conversation that we draw deeper into our relationship with our lover. It is through prayer that we come to know the King and recognize the ways He has provided for us and walked with us on our journeys.
What things in your life are keeping you from receiving the love you were created for? Food, social media, gossip, shopping. Consider where the King is inviting you to offer Him more of yourself and your time in return for knowing that He will give more of Himself available to you.
How could we ever repay our King? Almsgiving is how we say thank you. It is our posture of gratitude, recognizing that all we have and are is because He is. Almsgiving doesn’t always have to be in the form of monetary donations. Consider how God wants you to give more of your time, talent, and treasures during this season of Lent.
Will you join us on the journey back to our first love? How sweet it will be when we meet Him again!
Royals, remember your first love, because love is basic.
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