Daily Lenten Devotion Saturday, March 23rd

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – Psalm 43; Jeremiah 31:27-34; Romans 11:25-36;
John 11:28-44 or Alternate Gospel John 12:37-50

As you prepare to read my daily devotion for today, I invite you to find a candle that you can light. As you light it, give thanks for the light that God sent unto the world and that is to illumine the world this day.

Psalm 43 – 3   O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling.

This is our prayer and God answered it in sending his Son.

John 12:37-50 – 44Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.

In the beginning of John we hear; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

Friends, Jesus was and is God’s light sent unto the world. Jesus came to illumine our lives by revealing to us God’s everlasting and abundant love. As we prepare to enter Holy Week, may we open ourselves unto God’s light that came and even comes unto us this day.

Throughout the next several days, light your candle. Let it become a focal point, reminding you of God’s light sent for you. Let Jesus illumine your world.

O God, thanks for sending your Son, who is the light unto all people. May it shine in our dark world. May it shine through me, helping illumine the lives of others this very day. Use me as an instrument of thy love. Amen.

Hear also God’s word from Jeremiah and Romans.

Jeremiah 31:27-34 – 31The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt — a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Romans 11:25-36 – 33O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34  “For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35  “Or who has given a gift to him,
to receive a gift in return?”
36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.

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