I have mentioned before about being a woodworker. I have learned a lot about life and about our Lord through this craft. Over the years I have made a lot of different pieces of furniture and cabinetry. A number of those pieces are in my house. One thing I realize is that there is something of me in each of the pieces. I know the steps each piece took in order to be completed, and the ease or difficulty of those steps. I know the hours invested and the thought required. If a piece would not be used or treated properly I would feel bad about it. So what has all this to do with our Lord. There is a verse in Luke 13:34 where Jesus laments, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!” Think about that. God made us in the beginning, male and female, together reflecting His image, who He is. Think about the investment God has in us, something of Himself in our being. When we sin we sully that image. We misuse our bodies, minds, and spirits in ways God never desired for His intended good and our intended blessing. We hurt God, our Maker, causing Him to lament even as Jesus did in the above verse. We are in the Lenten Season, this time humility and repentance. We take seriously who God is and who we are before Him. Don’t take this lightly. This is the deeply serious nature of our life. We bow before Him trusting in the grace His has so wonderfully provided in His Son, Jesus, our Saviour.