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Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard and Keiki Kahu Keolakupaianaha Shores-Ulep share their mana‘o for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the first devotional of our Lent season. KS created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for Lent to honor the deep Christian faith of KS founder Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The devotionals were designed to be used by students, staffers and others to celebrate the coming of Easter, so please feel free to share them.

Lent Ash Wednesday — Starting 40 days of reflection

Feb. 17, 2021

Contributed by Communication Group Staff

Following the shining example of our faithful Princess Pauahi, we profess that our foundation is in ke Akua a me kāna ʻōlelo (God and His word). By integrating these three practices: 1) Aloha ke Akua, 2) Aloha kekahi i kekahi, and 3) Aloha ʻāina, Kamehameha Schools hoʻonaʻauao kalikiano (Christian education) continues to provide learning opportunities, resources, and training to support our understanding and application of the holy scriptures. Finally, as nā kahu ʻo nā Kula ʻo Kamehameha, we look to the source Iesū Kristo to nurture our learners relationship with ke Akua by instilling our Christian values into our school programs, and community outreach services, while supporting our students’ journey of faith as they learn to become hoʻokanaka mākua (mature, responsible adults).

During these next 40 days, we seek to honor our Lord Jesus through the tradition of Lent. Nā kahu, nā kumu a me nā haumāna will offer weekly devotionals meant to inspire our hearts and our minds, as we spiritually prepare for a hauʻoli lā i ala hou ai ka Haku (happy Easter). During this time of reflection we strive to honor Christ Jesus as living sacrifices. We hope you enjoy the beauty of our collective manaʻo and learn from the wisdom and power of God’s words for the next eight weeks.

Heluhelu Baibala
Bible reading

No ia hoʻi, he mau ʻelele mākou no Kristo, ua like hoʻi ke Akua me ka mea nonoi aku ma o mākou nei, ke noi aku nei mākou no Kristo, i hoʻolauleʻa ʻia mai ʻoukou i ke Akua. No ka mea, ua hoʻolilo maila ʻo ia iā ia, ka mea hala ʻole, i mōhai hala no kākou, i lilo ai kākou i poʻe pono i ke Akua ma ona lā. – Korineto II 5:20

We're Christ's representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God's work of making things right between them. We're speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he's already a friend with you. How? you say. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20

He manaʻo o ke Kahu
KS Hawai‘i Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard KSK’77

Ash Wednesday signifies the first day of Lent. Some believers will mark their foreheads with ash in the shape of a cross to represent a mournful and repentant posture as they seek God’s forgiveness and healing. Although the use of ashes as a mark of sorrow predates the earthly life of Jesus, the references in the Books of Job 2:8, 42:6, and Jonah 3:6 conclude that one who wears the ash is truly remorseful. Job loses all of his riches, including his entire family which caused him the greatest distress. Jonah, on the other hand, refuses to follow God’s instructions to go to Ninevah to help a people Jonah despises.

God applies amazing love in both instances. God fully restores Job with a new family and doubles his possessions because Job trusts in God’s grace, wisdom and purpose for him. Job worships Iehovah! God’s response to Jonah was to send a really big fish to swallow him up and escort him back to the shores of Ninevah, where Jonah was miserable. However, Jonah leads the people of Ninevah to seek God’s forgiveness for their waywardness. God forgives them and Jonah finally realizes that all he was supposed to do was show up and be a good representative of God, and let God take care of the rest. Jonah experiences a change of heart!

Like Jonah, sometimes we run away from God until we are reminded about who is in charge. We can either stop, listen and learn to trust that God’s plans for us are greater than our own, or we can keep running away distorting God’s purpose for us. During this Lenten season, let us choose to reflect on the goodness of God. Let us rest in God’s presence while we contemplate our present life course by placing it before Christ to seek godly wisdom and knowledge as we move forward with faith, hope, and above all else, love.

He manaʻo o ka haumana
Keiki Kahu Keolakupaianaha Shores-Ulep KSH’21

In the Bible, it says that God made men in his own image. Hence, we are God. As we live in Him, He lives in us. Which comes with many responsibilities. Trust in yourself and trust in God because when you were born, you already had a purpose. Thus, do not seek purpose, but seek wisdom and knowledge that is given to you at your feet.

As Hebrew 10:24 says, let us think of ways to motivate one another to act of love and good works. Therefore, be contagious of faith, hope and love. That is what God wants. He wants to see us thriving, have a firm foundation, bring people up instead of putting them down, be wise and knowledgeable but most importantly, be the image of himself as he wanted us to be.

We are blessed to wake up every morning to the beautiful sky, rain or shine. To birds chirping in the mountains, or to the waves splashing onto the rocks. We are given, a new day to restart. Therefore, I ask you to take time to reflect; and choose not to leave it as it is. But take action to make it how you want it because it is what you make it to be. Instead of just looking at the surface of all the beauty that is placed around us, seek the little things in objects. Because it is there that God has left a message that is waiting for you to find. 

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