We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on February 10, 2016.
Prayer: Help us, O God, to look to Jesus in all things.
Reading: Romans 10:8-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Today is Ash Wednesday. Our liturgy today, among other things, suggests our human mortality and frailty. Remember, dust you are and to dust you shall return. Related to that truth is the statement in one of our confessions, We are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. Then, it seems, we can logically just eat, drink and be merry. What else is there?
But Ash Wednesday also encourages us to look to Jesus as we begin the journey through Lent to Easter. Look to Jesus. Death and the grave doesn’t end it. There is release from the sin that holds us captive.
St. Paul in our reading today is emphasizing EVERYONE, that is Jew AND Greek. Buy I want to emphasize the rest, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Turn, then to Jesus, today, throughout Lent, throughout life. God knows our frailty, immortality and sin. He sends Jesus to turn that all around.
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