As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: Num. 28-30
Key verses: (28:9-10) On the sabbath day: two male lambs a year old without blemish, and two-tenths of an ephah of choice flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, and its drink offering— 10 this is the burnt offering for every sabbath, in addition to the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.
Reflection: Ritual has always been an integral part of religion. While our sabbath offerings may have changed from lambs and choice flour to text donations to the COVID-19 Fund, our desire for order and ritual on the sabbath day remains the same. Before the pandemic every Sunday I would wake up a little bit later (if our children decided that would be allowable), make pancakes for the family, and then we would all get dressed and ready to head to church. There is nothing extraordinary about this ritual, however it provided a sense of order, which (coupled with free childcare) allowed me to feel focused as we came together to worship. This is just one routine that has changed dramatically over the last year. We have had to cope with changing the way we experience worship, Sunday school, youth group, Bible study, prayer group, and more. It can be difficult to feel connected to the church when the order and rituals we have known are taken away. Finding order in these chaotic times may be hard but we must continue to seek those rituals that allow us to feel closer to God. Take time this Lenten season to reconsider what routine and rituals help you feel focused and connected to God, try and start one of those this week!
Prayer: Dear God, allow us the insight to find new ways to feel connected as the body of Christ while we remain socially distanced. Give us strength as we struggle to find order in the chaos of these strange times and show us how to continue to love one another just as your Son loved us. Amen.
Author: Steve Adams, Elder class of 2023
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].