BSPC Lenten Devotional – Monday, February 29 – Saturday, March 5

THEME: Humility – Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.

Monday, February 29
“Humility, self-giving, servant-hood, and sacrifice are the hallmarks of genuine Christian discipleship and genuine human community.”
–Larry R. Kalajainen, Disciplines, 2006

Master Teacher, guide us on our path of discipleship so that we may be good citizens of your community. Amen.

Tuesday, March 1
“If we all come from the same place, the same substance, and are reduced back to that substance at the end of our lives, what meaning do any of our achievements, our possessions, the things which we believe give us status (our jobs, children, the ‘right’ address, the ‘right’ house, an expensive car, entry into a particular social group) have? In the face of enormous social anxiety, Christianity forces us to realize, finally realize, that for all our achievements and riches, human beings are created equal, from the same substance, and more than that, in the image and likeness of God.”
–Jane Shaw, “A Practical Christianity: Meditations for the Season of Lent”

Loving God, I am created in your image, in your likeness. Nothing I can do, achieve, or have means more than that. Amen.

 Wednesday, March 2
These are the few ways we can practice humility:
To speak as little as possible of one’s self.
To mind one’s own business.
Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one’s dignity.
To choose always the hardest.
–Mother Teresa, “The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living”

Loving God, show me your path; teach me your ways. Amen.

Thursday, March 3
“As to your Lent–not physical hardships beyond what normal life provides–but take each of these as serenely and gratefully as you can and make of them your humble offerings to God. Don’t reduce sleep. Don’t get up in the cold. Practice more diligently the art of turning to God with some glance or phrase of love or trust at all spare moments of the day…Be especially kind and patient with those who irritate you …Instead of wasting energy in being disgusted with yourself, accept your own failures, and just say to God ‘Well, in spite of all I may say or fancy, this is what I am really like–so please help my weakness.’ This, not self-disgust, is the real and fruitful humility.”
–Evelyn Underhill

O God, this is what I am really like–so please help my weakness. Amen.

 Friday, March 4
“During Lent, we journey with Jesus into the truth about ourselves, trying to see who we are in God’s eyes, including both our strengths and our weaknesses–this is called humility. To many people humility is synonymous with self-hatred and ‘putting yourself down,’ the opposite of self-esteem. In fact, humility is simply the opposite of the illusion that I am perfect.”
–Albert Holtz, “Pilgrim Road: Benedictine Journey through Lent”

O God, help me to see myself as you do–imperfect, yet perfectly loved by you. Amen.

Saturday, March 5
“…To be in Christ, we need to practice discernment and contemplative prayer. In doing so, we ‘cease to set the agenda… [Instead,] we ‘make space’ for God to be God.’ ’ As we willingly humble ourselves, we set aside what we are entitled to, what we deserve, and instead discern the will of God and live our lives in obedience to it.”
–Quote by theologian Sarah Coakley; Katie Z. Dawson, “The Lord is our Salvation”

O God, this is what I am really like–so please help my weakness. Amen.

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