As we continue our journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.
Today’s scripture is from the Gospel of Mark 6:13-29.
In this passage from Mark, we are shown that terrible things can happen if you make a promise without thinking it through, especially if you are trying to please or impress someone else.
Herod, King of Galilee, heard about a man named Jesus who was going around the countryside driving out demons and healing sick people. He was sure that Jesus was really John the Baptist raised from the dead. Herod had been responsible for John the Baptist’s death because of a promise he made to his step-daughter. He promised her anything she wanted as a reward for dancing for his friends.
When she he told him she wanted the head of John the Baptist, he was very upset because he knew John was a holy man, but he felt he had to keep his word, so he ordered that John the Baptist be killed. Herod wanted to save face with his friends; even though he knew what he was doing was wrong.
This story shows us that we need to ask God to help us make wise decisions and not be afraid to change our minds if we realize we have made bad choices. It does not matter what our friends think. When we are asked to do something wrong, we can rely on God to give us courage to make the right decision.
Carolina Springs Elementary School, Grade 5
Columbia, South Carolina
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