Lenten Devotions

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

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

This fantastic Old Testament story of poisonous snakes terrorizing the ungrateful Hebrews captures our attention. It has been the subject of numerous paintings, some of which still haunt me from Sunday School days. [ More → ]

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Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent

How interesting to look at the two readings in this time of #metoo and #timesup. In both Daniel 13 and in John 8, a woman is saved from death, even though each had been accused by high-status men. Daniel confronted the wicked judges directly… [ More → ]

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Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent

If John were being sly, he might be telling us that Scripture can blind us to God just as easily as it can reveal God to us. Even John seems to take issue with that other book that starts “In the beginning….” [ More → ]

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Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Comparisons to other people lead nowhere good. “Ugh, Jessica is so much better at art and book displays than I am!” “Everyone else’s treats for coffee hour look professional next to my lumpy bread.” Watching people bustling to the gym, getting mad that I have been lazily blowing off yoga class. [ More → ]

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Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

In the times of bleakness, despair or desperation we may often wonder: Where, oh where, is God? We become anxious when we think Yahweh is not present. In the Exodus reading, this is what is going on with the people of Israel as they begin to query Moses’s whereabouts. [ More → ]

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Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

I have been reading Elaine Pagels’ The Gnostic Gospels and came across Marcion (c. 140), a Christian from Asia Minor, who concluded that the unforgiving God of the Old Testament and the loving God of the New must, in fact, be two different gods. This is definitely a heresy that I can get behind. [ More → ]

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Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

What reassurance the psalms bring! Not only in the cadence of their delivery but in their musicality, lulling one away from the anxieties of life and the false question of: How shall I manage this? “No!” the psalms say, in their soothing rhythms, before the words even sink in. “I got you.” [ More → ]

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Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

This account from John has two interesting elements. First, Jesus states “a prophet hath no honor in his own country.” I interpret this along the same lines of a Portuguese saying I heard a few times when I was doing business in Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world; loosely translated, “Home grown saints don’t perform miracles.” [ More → ]

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Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

Hosea, commonly referred to as the “prophet of doom,” writes: “The Lord has torn us so he may heal us; struck us down so he can bind us up.” The overall message is reconciliation through repentance results in salvation. In the parable from Luke, the Pharisee prays he is righteous, sacrifices, fasts and tithes. He is proud he is not like the “immoral” tax collector. The tax collector, however… [ More → ]

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Friday in the Third Week of Lent

The punishments and rewards depicted in Hosea are horrifyingly “over the top” to our modern senses. But to those ancient civilizations, living among barbaric rulers, those horrors rang with familiarity. Here were God’s warnings in language they would heed. If set in a 2019 Bible, God’s admonitions might center around our concepts of psychological torture and bliss. [ More → ]

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