1 John 3:16-17
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers and sisters. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
Media: A tornado destroyed a United Methodist Church in Kentucky, yet the people of that church demonstrated resiliency and faithfulness to overcome the disaster and embrace servanthood.
Response: Many people in our community have faced traumas of various kinds. Even when we are suffering and grieving ourselves, healing begins when look beyond our own suffering to the needs of others. How can you work to meet their needs?
Prayer Focus: God’s love for people facing disasters and trauma.
Devotions from Previous Days
Lenten Devotion – Day 1 – An Ethiopian Baptism
John 1:29-34 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself didContinue reading
Lenten Devotion – Day 2 – Are you listening when God speaks?
Psalm 86:1-13 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long. GladdenContinue reading
Lenten Devotion – Day 3 – The Faithfulness of God
Psalm 77:11-15 I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate on all your work and muse on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God whoContinue reading
Lenten Devotion – Day 4 – Are the words, “I have faith” enough for you to change your life?
Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. Media: “I haveContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 5 – The Lord’s Prayer in Jesus’ Language
Matthew 6:7-13 “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “Pray, then, in this way: OurContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 6 – Taizé Monastic Community
Acts 2:42-47 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions andContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 7 – Reflecting on Our Prayer Life
Psalm 63:1-4 O God, you are my God; I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfastContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 8 – Writing a Collect Prayer
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses allContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 9 – The World Blessing
Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with stringsContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 10 – Come Like a Fire
Romans 12:1-3 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, on the basis of God’s mercy, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable act of worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing ofContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 11 – How can we know God personally?
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, youContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 12 – Beauty Out of Brokenness
2 Cor 4:7-10 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed, perplexed but not driven to despair, persecuted but not forsaken,Continue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 13 – Meditating on the Bible
Psalm 1:1-3 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path that sinners tread or sit in the seat of scoffers, but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like treesContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 14 – Hearing God’s Voice Through Nature
Psalm 19:1-4a The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth andContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 15 – Discovering Child-Like Wonder
Daniel 4:3 How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his sovereignty is from generation to generation. Media: As we grow older, our hearts can become hardened. God calls us to rediscover wonder in life, in our world, and in our God.Continue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 16 – Lectio Divina
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then youContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 17 – Biblical Justice
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? Media: Why is justice such an important, and sometimes controversial, topic in our world today? What does theContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 18 – Resiliency and Servanthood
1 John 3:16-17 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers and sisters. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yetContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 19 – Offering God’s Presence
James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Surely that faith cannot save, can it? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm andContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 20 – Acts of Kindness
Matthew 25:37-40 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you or naked and gave you clothing? And when was itContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 21 – Prayer of St. Patrick
Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm. Stand, therefore, and belt your waist with truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness and lace up your sandals in preparationContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 22 – A Voice for the Voiceless
Proverbs 31:8-9 Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out; judge righteously; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Media: Today we watch a brief documentary about Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. Note: This video depicts images of deathContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 23 – Jesus-Like Generosity
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, thereContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 24 – An Abundant God
Matthew 6:25-29 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow norContinue reading
Lenten Devotion Day 25 – Stewardship of Your Talents & Abilities
1 Peter 4:8-11 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speakingContinue reading