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Lent 12

Isaiah 61:1-3

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The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

Who is God (as demonstrated in this passage)? Spirit, Sovereign Lord, Annointer, Rescuer, Healer, Caring, Vengeful, Comforter, Splendid,

Who are we (as demonstrated in this passage)? Anointed, Bringer of the Good News, Messenger, one who takes care of God’s people, oak of righteousness–planted by God.

Father God, show me opportunities to care for your people, to bring healing, meaning, and Truth into their lives. Show me how to love of them like you do. Grant me grace and strength to see beyond myself. teach me your ways, oh God. Father please, teach me to love you and your people.


Lent 11

Jeremiah 31:15

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15 This is what the Lord says:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,
mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”

I never really understood why that whole bit of prophecy had to happen, or why it was here in the first place. But, this passage refers to when Christ came, was born, and Herod felt so threatened by the wise men coming in search of the newly born king that he wiped out all small male children 2 years old and younger. I can’t imagine the widespread horror and devastation of all families in that time… I don’t understand what the point of that was from God’s point of view… anyone any ideas?

Lent 10

Isaiah 40:11

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11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.

Who is God (as demonstrated in this passage)? Shepherd, loving, gentle, –never asking more of his people than they can give,

Who are we (as demonstrated in this passage)? sheep, beloved

Father God, thank you for being attentive, gentle, thoughtful, caring, and never demanding. We need your grace, today and always. Thank you for being merciful and carrying us forward when we cannot walk, and moving us slowly when we are weak. Thank you for continually moving us toward you, and not letting us become stagnant.

Lent 9

Isaiah 35:5-7

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Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

Who is God (as demonstrated in this passage)? Healer, Refresher, Renewer,

Who are we (as demonstrated in this passage)? helpless, healed, refreshed, renewed, alive.

Father God, thank you for restoring us, weak, helpless, lame and pathetic people to have purpose and usefulness and joy. teach us to appreicate you and be grateful–to sing and dance your praises, to use our hands and feet for your service, our minds to be pure, our hearts steady, our wills malleable to only your hands.

Lent 8

Ezekiel 34:15-16

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15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

Who is God (as demonstrated in this passage)? Shepherd, gentle, caring, sovereign, Lord, attentive, healer, Just

Who are we (as demonstrated in this passage)? sheep, lost, stray, injured, weak

Teach us, Father, to be weak and guided by you instead of strong in our own minds. Teach us to see our continual need for you.

Lent 7

Psalm 49:15

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15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
he will surely take me to himself.

Who is God (as demonstrated in this passage)? Redeemer, Eternal, Victor over the grave, Jealous

Who are we (as demonstrated in this passage)? Redeemed, was dead–now alive

…Father, I thank you for today. I thank you for the opportunity to show love to your little people. I thank you for the opportunity to grow in selflessness and wisdom. I pray for your guidance and wisdom and Truth in my life and words and actions. I pray for you to express your love through me, my words, my thoughts, my tone, and my face and hands. Father, teach me to be like you, to follow you, to love you, to be so close to you–spiritually, emotionally, mentally, that no one who looks at me cannot see you. I thank you for the opportunities to serve friends and learn patience. God be with me. Blessed be Your Name.

Lent 6

Psalm 72:11-13

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11 May all kings bow down to him
and all nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.

Who is God (as demonstrated in this passage)? King, Ruler, Deliverer, Compassionate

Who are we (as demonstrated in this passage)? Worshippers, servants, needy and afflicted–with someone to turn to, saved.

Creator God, I thank you for creating new days and for the encouragement that newness brings us. I thank you for comfortable and warm beds, and a warm house, a clean kitchen, and a sleeping baby. I thank you for reigning in sovereign glorious majesty and with all wisdom and power. I like knowing that I don’t have to be responsible for anything except my responses and actions. I praise your strength and power and your infinitely loving, gentle, and compassionate heart. Thank you for your mercy upon me, 2000 years ago, and today. Teach me to walk in your ways and to see people with your heart.