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So here we are at the end of the first week of Lent. How are you doing with your practices? Do you even remember what you said this year’s season would be like? The Scriptures continue to pound out the message to us, providing new prompts every day. The first reading for today is pretty clear, with Moses telling us once again that we belong to God and what that means regarding agreements and statutes to follow. There’s just one stand-out wordβ€”one that I wouldn’t expect. Moses says to the people: Today the Lord is making this agreement with you: you are to be a people peculiarly his own...

That struck me as, well, rather peculiar! I wouldn’t have used that word which I always knew to mean something strange or odd. That is one of the ways the dictionary tells us it’s used. That is the second listing however. The first definition for peculiarly is: more than usually; especially. Webster has it as “characteristic of only one person, group or thing, (and in big letters) DISTINCTIVE.

So I ask you today: How do you see yourself as peculiarly God’s own? How would other people recognize you that way? What is it about you that is so special that it warrants the descriptive PECULIAR?