As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 10-12
Key verses: (11:18-21) “You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on you hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”
Reflection: As we enter the season of Lent, we are asked to look deeply into the key ideas of preparation, repentance, death and resurrection, justice, exodus and dedication. The passage above speaks to me about the very essence of dedication. In fact, you can lift these words and apply this passage to almost every aspect of the Old Testament and the Good News to come. Always return to God and God’s word in your heart and soul. Show your faith and dedication boldly, never feeling ashamed – on your forehead, on your home and the entrances to your life. Establish the foundation and the rock of God’s love in your children and tell them over and over how good God truly is.
In times of uncertainty, God’s steadfast love is the only constant when everything else in life might feel as if it is falling away. On my first mission trip to El Salvador, written on a doorway of a cinderblock house in the tiny Getsemani community, was the following phrase. “Pero Yo Y Mi Familia, Serviremos A Jehova”. A verse from Joshua that translates, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It was written boldly above the family’s front door – written on the doorpost of their home. Words that were written into that family’s heart and soul – we could all be so lucky to have such faith.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as we move through the season of Lent, please help us remember that you are our rock and our redeemer. Help us keep your Word in our hearts and our minds, and in everything that we have and love. Help us trust that as long as the heavens are above the earth, your love is steadfast and will never abandon us. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Author: Chip Cooke, Elder class of 2021
[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].