Today, Feb 22nd marks the beginning of Lent, which is a holiday commemorating 40 days until Easter. Many people around the world choose to honor God and remember the season by giving up or sacrificing, a comfort which is meaningful, important to daily life, and would be sorely missed, e.g. chocolate, meat, tasty foods, television, Facebook, etc. While contemplating this, God lead me to begin a 40 day pilgrimage of prayer for you. Today and for the next 6 weeks, I will be crying out to God, the living, lovely creator of the universe, on your behalf… praying for safety, praying for health and healing as Jesus did when He walked the earth (Luke 6:6; Matthew 4:23), praying for you specifically in times of trouble and chaos (John 6: 19-21) and that God would show you His care, comfort, and mighty right arm. I will be praying for you even if you reject God and deny His existence. I will be praying that you will allow Him to finally gather you up as a hen gathers her chicks, under His protective care (Luke 13:34).
I want you to know beyond any shade of doubt, that God loves you. Yes, God loves you! He loves you, uniquely and specifically. He created you in your mother’s womb and watched proudly as you were being knit together. His handiwork was wonderfully complex and yet intimately magnificent.