Daily Devotion for LentFriday, February 27, 2015, Day 9Mark 4:1-9 (NRSV)We really prepare the soil for sowing today. Thiswork really makes a contrast for the random nature of the sowing in the parable.I like the indiscriminate faith of the sower….
Daily Devotion for LentThursday, February 26, 2015, Day 8Mark 3:19b-35 (NRSV)Welcome to one of the most anxiety-inducing passages in all of scripture!Within these verses, Jesus describes blasphemy of the Holy Spirit as the unforgivable sin. As a …
Daily Devotion for LentWednesday, February 25, 2015, Day 7Mark 3:7-19a (NRSV)The boat allowed him to teach. The crowdswanted healing. Because he taught, we find healing today.The accomplishments of Jesus as a healer and an exorcist spread t…
Daily Devotion for LentTuesday, February 24, 2015, Day 6Mark 3:1-6 (NRSV)The Pharisees would have been considered spiritual leaders and keepers of the Law during first century Judea. In fact, they were likely at odds with the Herodians – or…
Daily Devotion for LentDay 5, Monday, February 23, 2015Mark 2:21-28 (NRSV)These verses about repairing patches and putting new wine into old wineskins can be a little tricky if we don’t see them metaphorically. The Lenten question this causes us to ask…
Daily Devotion for Lent
First Sunday in Lent, February 22, 2015
Lenten disciplines often focus on self-denial.
|Christians may often get labeled as
Debbie Downers for being known more
for what they’re against than what they support.
We give up caffeine or sugar.
We give up television or social media.
We might even seek to fast during Lent on Fridays.
It seems easy to point toward the austere as being spiritual. But what about celebration?
Can celebration be spiritual? Can we decide to engage in a Lenten discipline of eating more?
Well, I’m not sure that is much of a discipline for a culture that has too much to eat. Maybe we get this pretty well on our own and so don’t need to spiritualize it. We have to remember that people were not overweight in first century Judea.
But I do think that we forget to include God in our celebrations. Maybe this is similar to counting our many blessings.
Jesus seemed to enjoy himself with his followers. Maybe we need to remember that even as we journey with Jesus to the cross, he was not a dour person who tried to suck the fun out of life.
A Celtic Prayer for Joy:
As the hand is made for holding and the eye for seeing,
You have fashioned me for joy.
Share with me the vision that finds that joy everywhere.
In the wild violet’s beauty;
In the lark’s melody;
In the face of a steadfast man;
In a child’s smile;
In a mother’s love;
In the purity of Jesus.
A Maclean, Hebridean Altars, Moray Press, Edinburgh, 1937
Daily Devotion for LentDay 4, Saturday, February 21, 2015Mark 2:1-12 (NRSV)The paralytic had friends that were willingto risk much for their friend. How is thechurch called to befriend those in need?Some imagine that the loss and depth of sufferi…
Daily Devotion for LentDay 3, Friday, February 20, 2015Mark 1:35-45 (NRSV)This is a great movie aboutChristianity and a leper colonyin relatively modern times.I think it is difficult in this day and age of modern medicine to take in the power of the wo…
Daily Devotion for LentDay 2, Thursday, February 19, 2015Mark 1:16-34 (NRSV)Jesus Teaches in the Synagogues by James TissotAuthority is the word that stands out to me in this reading. Jesus has authority over the unclean spirit. He tea…
Lent 2015 Daily DevotionDay 1 – Ash WednesdayThis year, we will be reading through the entire Gospel of Mark during the season of Lent and through Easter Sunday. We won’t be taking Sundays off so if you do, you may have to double up on Saturdays …