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Fifth Sunday of Lent, 2014 – Ezekiel 37:14

Monday, March 31, 2014

For the fifth Sunday in Lent, we are offered the following scriptures: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45.

Ezekiel 37:14I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act,” says the LORD.

There is a sign my Dad made that you can’t miss as you pull your vehicle into their garage. It reads, “Home at last. YEAH!” For whatever reason he put the sign up in the first place, it has remained in place for a long time as a testament to the spirit of this passage.

Almighty God, enfold us in your love so that we always feel as though we are on home soil. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2014 – John 9:20-21

Friday, March 28, 2014

John 9:20-21His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.”

This passage goes on to tell us that the parents were afraid that they would be put out of the synagogue if they spoke of Jesus as the Messiah so they wanted their son to speak for himself about his healing.

Almighty God, give us strength for our convictions so we can stand up for what is right in all situations that test us. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2014 – John 9:1-2

Thursday, March 27, 2014

John 9:1-2As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

It is easy to think of us as more civilized than the people of Jesus’ time. Who would blame blindness from birth on sin today? Yet people today routinely ostracize people struggling with addiction or living with HIV as having brought the malady on themselves.

Loving God, Jesus taught us to love everyone even outcasts as brothers and sisters in you. Give us strength to overcome the sometimes powerful emotions that cloud our vision. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2014 – Ephesians 5:10-11

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ephesians 5:10-11Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

“Try” is the key word of these verses for me. As we seek to walk in God’s light and share it with others, we are reminded that the process is both trial and sometimes error. The key to faithful living, in part, is to keep on trying.

Steadfast God, we thank you this day for standing by us even when we might be moving away from you and your will. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2014 – Psalm 23:4

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Psalm 23:4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.

I have written and offered prayers for years, and given paper, pen and time, I can write quite decent prayers. Yet in my darkest times, my times of greatest need, I close my eyes and recite either the Lord’s Prayer or the 23rd Psalm.

Loving God, thank you for providing simple words that convey the depth of our trust in you. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2014 – 1 Samuel 16:13

Monday, March 24, 2014

As we approach the fourth Sunday of Lent, the lectionary offers us the following scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, and John 9:1-41.

1 Samuel 16:13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Samuel anoints David and having completed the task God gave him, he immediately leaves for Ramah where David finds him in a few chapters later. David begins serving Saul by playing his lyre and by serving in his military. Seemingly without fanfare, both men return to serving God after this significant moment.

Gracious God, give us confidence in ourselves so that we can walk boldly into your calling for us. Amen.

Third Sunday of Lent 2014 – John 4:25-26

Friday, March 21, 2014

John 4:25-26The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

Can you imagine the thoughts that must have been going through the Samaritan woman’s mind when Jesus told her he was the Messiah? As people of faith, we are asked to expect the unexpected from God.

Loving God, give us discerning minds so that we can separate your voice in our lives from all the surrounding chatter. Amen.


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