Reflection for Friday, March 16, 2012: 3rd week in Lent.
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Lent is a time for focus. Focus is an interesting thing. I ask my students to focus on the core elements of their essays; I ask them to focus on detail and specificity. In curriculum revision, we're asked to focus on desired learning outcomes. As a faculty member, I try to focus on my scholarship and my students' learning.|Today's readings ask us to focus on things that are primary: our relationship with God, and God's centrality in our existence. The readings from Hosea and Psalms are pretty clear: "I am God. Most importantly, I am your God. Listen to Me. I will make your life worth living. If you've screwed up, we can fix that-return to Me." These Bible passages sound authoritarian (and why not? It's God, after all ... ), but after some reflection, we can understand what's going on in a fundamental context. We are loved. That's the focus-we are loved consistently, constantly, completely.
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