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Lent Day One: How Low Can You Go?

Psalm 95:6 O Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our God our maker.

 I love the movie, “The King and I”–the Yul Brynner version (Jodie Foster’s was a close second). Reading today’s text I was reminded of the scene where he keeps making Anna position herself lower than the king. While it is somewhat of a game, there is a powerful lesson to be learned. Proud people don’t bow well.

I think that as we enter Lent it will be good for us to start with the proper position. It is one thing to get the physical practice down, but I think we need to examine how we bow our hearts, and to whom; how we bow our minds, and to whom.

If this journey is going to truly prepare us for the greatest gift ever given, then we have to be able to receive. If we are bowing to self, to others, or if we are hardened to the wooing of the Spirit, then we won’t be able to receive.

Ready, set, bow…worship…kneel.

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