Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More Lenten Devotions

Haha. Okay, so I clearly have to get better at posting these over the weekend.

Monday, March 21
“Let everything that breathes praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!”
--Psalm 150:6

If we believe all creatures are made and loved by God, then it only stands that we should strive to love and work to empower everything in the praising of God. So often, though, we miss this point, absorbed in making ourselves more comfortable, whether that’s ignoring a co-worker or silencing an idea, we forget that we are to let everything that has breath shine in praising God.
A Minor Bird by Robert Frost

Sunday, March 20
“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.”
--1 Corinthians 16:13-14

This week we begin considering hospitality as it relates to righteousness. Many times, it is easy to get caught up in doing what is expected of us for our own selves that we forget we are called to serve one another.

As an activity, find one or two ways you can volunteer your time and talents in this next week. Perhaps that will take the form of setting up a time to work at a non-profit organization, stepping in to help lead worship, working for an after-school program, or some other task that needs your help. Whatever it is, set it up today, and let what you do be done in love.

Saturday, March 20
“You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.”
Psalm 51:6-9

As we come to the end of this first week of Lent, we acknowledge that it is not by our own works, but by the grace of God that we are saved. We cling to this truth, that it is God who washes us clean and frees us from sin. As you view this picture series, take time to ponder the work God has done and continues to do in order to make us clean and ready to enter the world again.

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