Day 5 – The Lenten Journey of Sid

Today, I got to hang out with a friend I haven’t seen in awhile. He now lives in Sudbury so we don’t really get to see each other very often. However, since he was visiting Ottawa for the weekend, we had the opportunity to hang out. He told me that he was going to take me out for a belated birthday lunch so I looked at a few nice places. About 10 minutes before he was picking me up, I decided that maybe I should make a reservation. When I called, my heart sank as I found out that it was closed. I also noticed how many of the other nice places that I wanted to go to were closed. So disappointing. But, the place where I went for my birthday lunch with another friend was open so I decided that we would go there instead. Spiga had one of the best breads I have ever had. The bread was so soft that the butter knife just cut through it like butter. Unfortunately, it was closed. So we went to another resto, Cafe Mangia, and it was beautiful. There were also no other customers while we were there so it was like we owned the place. Had another dish with salmon in it and it was great.

One of the things that I’m super thankful for are friendships based on the gospel. The gospel relationship that Christ calls all of us to have is defined by love, grace, forgiveness, compassion and mercy. This is exactly the type of relationship that we, as Christian brothers and sisters, are called to exhibit and display to one another. I’m thankful to have friends that I can practice what that gospel relationship looks like. It’s messy. Sometimes, it can get ugly. But at the end, it will end up making us brand, spanking new. It’s supposed to make us better. It’s supposed to make us more Christ-like. So thankful to have that type of relationship with my friends.

Join me on this journey.

Encouragement of the Day

“In general, Jesus doesn’t spend a great deal of time qualifying his points and making sure that everybody understands him clearly according to the recent political correctness. I am afraid liberal people are just as trapped in political correctness as are conservatives. Liberals often want you to say what
will be inoffensive to any ego, and their false self is easily offended. (If you do not offend any ego whatsoever, you are supposedly being Christian!) In fact, Jesus offends the rich, the arrogant, the superior, the righteous, and the supposedly orthodox.” – Richard Rohr

Encouragement of the Day

“Christianity began not as a religion, but as a way of life shaped by the gospel. The pattern of that way is the loving service of Jesus, consummated in his self-giving on the cross. Paul made it clear that Christian worship is our own self-giving in similar service, enabled by the Spirit who dwells within us.” – Canon Hugh Wybrew