Thursday March 4 2021

As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30-31

Key verses: (30:11-12, 14) “Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us and get it for us that we may hear it and observe it? …No, the word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.”

Reflection: It sometimes seems like the road of faith is difficult and the path is hard to find. This passage from Deuteronomy encourages us to understand that being faithful to God does not have to be difficult. It is “in reach” and already in our hearts. We have what we need; we don’t need to travel to heaven or the ends of the earth to live in communion with God. We simply have to live into the relationship that exists in our hearts.

Sounds easy enough. But, for me the harder part is how to reflect God’s relationship that lives in our heart. What might that mean, what does that look like? To be fully authentic, this relationship can’t just stay in our hearts, but has to be lived outside of our hearts. It must be present in our all of our relationships and in our actions. I encourage you today to ponder on your relationship with God. Do you allow it to take on flesh and live outside of your heart and mind? What might it look like during this season of Lent to allow our relationship with God to be present in all of our daily relationships and actions?

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for your love that resides in each and every one of us. And thank you for making that love alive in our world through your son Jesus. Open our hearts by your Spirit that your love may become alive anew in our world. Amen.

Author: Matt Gantt, Elder class of 2022

[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].

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