Lent 2020 | Day 36: “Great”

When I saw the word for today the phrase that jumped into my mind was: “Great are you, Lord.”

I find that we often used words in a way that actually diminishes what the words are designed to express. How many things actually inspire awe in us? And yet we use the word awesome. How many things are genuinely wonderful? But we will casually say that something is wonderful.

There are truly few things that should be described with these and other words. But, we have to slow down enough to consider what we are saying. That is not always easy. We have gotten so used to talking like this. Even if it’s not accurate.

This is what I am thinking about the word “great.” How many truly great things have I experienced? The easiest way I can describe what I am thinking is in terms of impact. How many things have truly caused a change in my life? I can name a few truly significant events. My marriage. The birth of my children. My call to ministry. These and a few others have been great moments. They have shaped who I am and even altered the trajectory of my life.

In spite of all that is going on in the world, the truth of the matter is that what God accomplished in and through Jesus’s sacrifice can truly be described as great. Maybe even the greatest of things.

As we make our way through Holy Week this year, and as we approach the glorious celebration of Christ’s resurrection, my hope is simple: May we honor God as he deserves.

Great is the Lord. And he is worthy to be praised.

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I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, and author. I am an avid Cubs fan and a lover of Chicago-style Deep Dish pizza.

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