Walking to the Cross, A Lenten Devotional

Three years ago my first devotional was published, Walking to the Cross. The print version sold out last week, but if you are looking for a Lenten devotional, it is available online here. Have a blessed season of Lent. Butch

Walking to the Cross Cover 2012

Second Sunday of Easter 2014 – Psalm 16:7-8

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Psalm 16:7-8I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

David speaks of seeking God’s advice morning and night. Today we are reminded that like David, we should be listening constantly for God’s voice in our lives.

Loving God, help us to hear your voice in our lives so that all our actions are consistent with your will for us. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter 2014 – Acts 2:14

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Acts 2:14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.

I love this speech by Peter not only for what he says in it, but for what it represents to me. Peter, who denied Jesus three times, who hid in fear in the days after the crucifixion, has found his voice and his purpose.

Gracious God, thank you for the patience you show in waiting for us to come to you. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter 2014 – John 20:21-21

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

John 20:21-21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Not only did Jesus appear to the disciples who were hiding in fear of their lives, he commissioned them to continue his ministry. While we have the benefit of hindsight today, it seems crazy that Jesus could trust God’s ministry to them.

Almighty God, you see the real people beneath our facades. Help us to be the people for your kingdom that you want us to be. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter 2014 – John 20:19-20

Monday, April 21, 2014

The scripture selections for the second Sunday of Lent this year include: Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9 , John 20:19-31.

John 20:19-20When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

In those first days after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples were scared, and who among us wouldn’t be feeling the same way? After all, Jesus had suffered a heinous death. Despite their denials and their fears, Jesus still came to them after his resurrection.

Steadfast God, thank you for remaining by our side even when we are hiding from you. Amen.

Easter Sunday 2014 – Matthew 28:1-5

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Matthew 28:1-5After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.

I enjoyed the television show Touched by an Angel, a show where angels appeared to people and helped them during times of hardship. While I know many consider this show a fantasy, it is my wish that during those times of the greatest trials ahead of me, an angel’s presence will help me discern the path I am to take.

Everlasting God, give us discerning hearts so that we can recognize the angels you have placed among us. Amen.

Easter Sunday 2014 – Psalm 118:17-19

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Psalm 118:17-19I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD. The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.

I was a normal child growing up, and I was punished by my parents when it was deserved. That said, my love for my parents has never wavered. We are reminded by today’s passage that our love for God should be like that for a parent.

Loving God, help us to love you without hesitation. Help us to love you as our perfect parent. Amen.

Easter Sunday 2014 – Jeremiah 31:1-3

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jeremiah 31:1-3At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus says the LORD: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

I am comforted by these words from God to Jeremiah. God’s love for us is everlasting. God remains faithful to us.

Merciful God, thank you for remaining faithful to us even during those times when our faith in you wavers. Amen.


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