Faith, Five Minute Friday, Lent


Joining Lisa-Jo and fabulous others this morning for Five Minute Friday, where we cut the words loose for just five minutes, and see where they fall. No editing, just encouraging the others who play along.

Lord Jesus,
You are my righteousness,
I am your sin.

You took on you what was mine;
yet set on me what was yours.

You became what you were not,
that I might become what I was not.

– Martin Luther

There’s empty space left behind when you give something up- a hole aching to be filled. Lent teaches us about sacrifice and we think it to be so hard, and while it is, because we are human and frail, our small giving-up is nothing compared to the ultimate sacrifice. We fast from these little things, like dessert or caffeine an we find it so hard.

Harder than the fast is the turning of eyes inward, the sifting of filth that settles in the heart, in my heart-

When the shutters have been raised and the light pours in, the self-examination feels a bit like medieval torture some days, a pulling and stretching of a soul over the racks of truth, the brambles that have rooted there, the surface of it burning away. The indescribable ache of a spirit that has been wounded repeatedly by sins.

This is where the healing begins. The renewal comes through the wringing out of the soul, through the pulling and dragging out of the ugly, through the sacrifice-

 …and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

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    1. alwaysalleluia

      Amy, your comment put a huge smile on my face and blessed me much. Thank you, sister-friend! Your encouragement is a gift!! God bless you, girlfriend.

  1. Your post added to my life’s symphony, Kris. Its chord rang true.
    “The indescribable ache of a spirit that has been wounded repeatedly by sins.” Yes. this has been resonating with me. 
    I’ll be striving to humbly accept His ointment as I self-examine on my Lenten journey… 
    So blessed by the words you can spill in 5 minutes, friend. Thank you!

    1. alwaysalleluia

      Nikki, praying through the Lenten journey with you, that we would humbly accept Him, knowing that He is truly all we need. What a gift.

  2. Oh, wow, Kris.  Yes, let that light in!  I need to  keep the shutters open, let my heart be open wide to all that He has — because, yes, I need His healing, His hope, His beauty, His redemption.  Thank you for the joy and hope you offer in His truth pouring out of you here!  So blessed!

  3. This is so powerful – when the light pours in to show what is broken. That examination can feel like torture and I love you describe the plight of our broken souls but point to the hope in Christ.  “This is where the healing begins.”  Such beautiful words and such encouragement today.  Thank you

  4. Kris, 
    This is brilliant! Deep, deep ponderings beautifully expressed. 

    “The indescribable ache of a spirit that has been wounded repeatedly by sins.” 

    I have experienced this so much but you have captured it in one sentence. Walking mindfully and (at times at least) prayerfully through Lent is new to me but is proving so valuable, I wish I’d begun years ago.

    1. alwaysalleluia

      I am humbled by your kind words, Mike. Truly. Praying that the Lord pulls you close through your lenten journey of self-reflection as we draw ever closer to Easter. Bless you, brother. Your words are a gift.

  5. StefanieYoungBrown

    I love what you wrote here:  “The renewal comes through the wringing out of the soul, through the pulling and dragging out of the ugly, through the sacrifice…”
    Whew!  Powerful statement.  In my mind’s eye I can see the wringing, watching the ugly, ugly parts being squeezed out, leaving more room for HIM.  Beautiful, my friend…

    1. alwaysalleluia

      Oh my friend! You are such a treasure!! Thank you for stopping by to read here today. I am so grateful for your joy and the way you shine Christ to us all. Bless you, Stephanie!!

  6. Oh yes, sister.  Just this.  My brambles are deeply rooted, but the Master Gardener is faithful, gently and lovingly removing each thorn.  Thank you for always leading us back to Him.  
    And the quote from Martin Luther?  Perfect.  Love it, love you.  XOXO

    1. alwaysalleluia

      That Martin Luther was something else, wasn’t he?! Sweet words, Jana. How tenderly he removes the thorns, how sweetly He prunes away the underbrush that threatens to stiffle our growth… All my love. XO


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