Tuesday 17th March

Sacrifice

2 Corinthians 3:18
We are called to be like mirrors,
reflecting the brightness of the Lord;
growing brighter and brighter
until we are turned into the image that we reflect.

“Be prepared at any moment to sacrifice what you are,
for what you can become”
– David Gemmell

Life requires sacrifice.
If we are for ever looking back, we are prevented from moving forward.
If we continually hold on to life as we think it should be,
we can miss out on the wonder of how it is.
What do you need to let go of this lent? What grasping is holding you back?
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Sacrifice is not a particularly popular word today.
When it is used it tends to have negative connotations.
Sacrifice is often associated with depriving ourselves of things
that we did not really want to give up; depriving ourselves of the joys in life.
But in its deepest sense sacrifice is not about being deprived of joy,
but about making space for true joy to unfold in our lives.
Often, by hanging on to things we need to let of, by clinging on to the old,
we are merely depriving ourselves of new things that are waiting to open in our lives.
At its deepest level sacrifice means to “make sacred”;
it is an offering that we make to God to allow God to give it new purpose.

During Lent many give up some of their pleasures in life for a short period.
This is not merely to deprive ourselves and make Lent miserable,
but to offer these things to God, that God may make them holy.
When we receive them back at the end of Lent we receive them back in a new way.
We have made space for God to work in our lives
and we receive back what we have sacrificed as a gift.
By receiving it back as a gift from God we can experience it in a whole new way;
we have released our control and clinging,
and allowed God to gift us a new relationship with it.

What are we afraid to let go of through fear of losing joy?
Maybe if we let go and allow God to “make them sacred”
we can open the door to joy, without the worry of losing it.