As we journey together through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the Holy Bible. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please submit your personal meditation by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey, day by day, to its glorious culmination on Easter Sunday.
Think of all the lifer lessons, insights of life and wisdom you were taught in school and in church school as you grew up. There were some things you will never forget, while there are some things you had forgotten by the time you were tested that same week.
Jesus tells us, in parable, of the four ways the Word of God is heard and applied in each of us:
- Sometimes wisdom is not heard because the listener is not ready to hear.
- Sometimes wisdom is heard loud and clear – but is soon forgotten because it has not been truly internalized.
- Sometimes wisdom is heard but forgotten soon after because too much advice is offered at one time and there is too much to be heard.
- But in those times that wisdom is heard, internalized and remembered, it can create goodness beyond imagination.
As Christians, we are told to spread the Word of God. But it is important to remember that not all are ready to hear, not all will internalize the wisdom, and not all will remember because they hear too much. But many seeds are sown and some ‘yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundred.”
Pray today that you will be able and ready to hear when wisdom is sent your way.
Sam Crews IV
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia Prayer Chain: Sunday, February 24
In our prayers: Mary Ellen Joiner, Elizabeth Jean Emerson, Mary Reames, Richard Smith, Claudia Strattman, Jennifer Williams, Betty Jo Carson, Gary Davis, Eddie Bolton, Doug and Sharon, John Kelchner, Elizabeth Matthews, Nedrick Griffin, Jennifer Handy, Nancy Stuckey, Annemarie Sullivan, Greg and Lisa Steele, Dean Timothy Jones, Linda Langford, Marty Fritz, Harriet Hancock, Tommy and Robby Palmer, Patty and Ted Mac Laughlin, Janet Long, Bobby Wilson, Debbie and Pat Barry, Patrick and Patricia Barry, Jordan Hill, Doris Clevenger, Charles Sigel, Bob Davis, John Whatley, Nancy Zuckerman, Charles Davis Sr., Bill Carter, Betty Peavy Frick, Joye Cantrell, Dale and Norma Sessions, Padge Arrington, Jerry Callahan, Norman Masters
Special prayers for Mary Ellen’s four-year-old grandson, Joseph Patrick, who is fighting cancer
In memoriam: Mary Louise Caughman Dennis, Elizabeth Ann Rogers Hall, Rev. Garth L. Hill Sr., Terry Ann Hudson, Jimmy Hubert Bass, Nettie Lee Gunter, Debra McCormick, Irene Kirby Shull, Anness Osteen Stafford, Nellie Taylor Williams, Harvey Parks
Our prayers are with: the elderly, the homeless, all currently fighting illness, all beloved pets, our president and congress, our police officers and firefighters, all who serve in the armed forces
Columbia Prayer Chain is open to all residents of greater Columbia who would like to share prayers and receive the prayers of others. Please leave your name in the comment box or email me.