Lenten Devotions

Reflections from parishioners and clergy on the day’s Scripture readings during the church’s season of Lent.

March 20: These Men Are Not Drunk

I wait for, I pray for inspiration by the Holy Spirit. Free me from the distractions and fears that cripple me. Empower, embolden and enlighten me with your gifts. The Disciples gathered, praying and waiting for the One Christ promised would come after Him, that God had promised for generations. Suddenly, miraculously, the Spirit comes…and …  [ More → ]

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March 19: The Spirit of the Law

The word ‘competent’ in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians startled me. I looked at other translations, thinking that ‘competent’ might be a modern usage. My collection of modern Bibles all use ‘competent’ but the King James Version is “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves [ More → ]

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March 17: Hope In God

I found myself in 2017 questioning how God could allow all the evil in the world that we were experiencing; just as the prophet Habakkuk did in this passage: Were you angry with the rivers, Lord? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea? This year we heard about terrible events …  [ More → ]

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March 16: The Currency of Words

Guilt, sin, absolution — these concepts have much less currency today than they once did. Though a major emphasis of Christianity for centuries, guilt and sin lost much of their sting in the last century, making absolution seem less necessary. And yet, I think most of us still know that sin is endemic to our …  [ More → ]

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March 15: An Alliteration of Rs

A series of “r” words surfaced in my mind in looking over these passages — rest, repair, replenish, reflecting. Individually and/or collectively these passages point to a direction we are to be mindful of and embrace in our lives. In the Hebrews passage we are extended an invitation to enter rest. Isaiah bids us to …  [ More → ]

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March 14: Nearness of the Light of Jesus

In these days and nights of winter, there is much darkness. As I write on a frigid day, I know how quickly darkness will fall in the afternoon. I look out my window into the night sky and see a huge moon and a star. The light that emanates from the moon and the star …  [ More → ]

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March 13: Trust

“Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.” This is the last line of Psalm 84, a psalm that starts with praise of God and his dwelling place, and remarks on how our human souls yearn for God’s love and glory. I cannot help but read this psalm and think of it in …  [ More → ]

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March 12: The Lord’s Love Endures Forever

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” starts Psalm 107. The readings for today talk about the goodness and power of God. Let us cry out to the Lord in our distress, and he shall respond to us with his unfailing love. But it’s not without bumps in the …  [ More → ]

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March 10: A Walk in the Wilderness

It troubles me to write about what appears to be a trinity of disparate passages and yet how much they run parallel to my own life right now. After living 37 years in NYC, I’m moving to the southern climate of Atlanta. I feel the love/hate of my walk in the wilderness of my life …  [ More → ]

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March 9: Christus Victor

“A plan for the fullness of time.” This is one of my favorite parts of today’s passage in Ephesians, because it points to a different soteriology than we usually hear from the dominant Christian voices in the public square right now.  [ More → ]

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