Daily Lenten Devotion Saturday, April 12

Saturday, April 12, 2014 –Exodus 10:21-11:8; Psalm 31; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 and Mark 10:46-52

As we prepare to celebrate Holy Week, so our Jewish friends are preparing themselves to celebrate Passover. Passover begins sunset of Monday, April 14, 2014 and ends nightfall of  Tuesday, April 22, 2014. No work permitted on April 15 – 16 and April 21 – 22. Work is permitted only on April 17 – 18 and April 20 with certain restrictions.

Passover is a time for remembering what God did in the past, so his people can be open to what God is doing in the present.

Our readings from Exodus have been leading up to this event which our Jewish friends will be remembering.

Exodus 10:21-11:8 – 4Moses said, “Thus says the LORD: About midnight I will go out through Egypt. 5Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 6Then there will be a loud cry throughout the whole land of Egypt, such as has never been or will ever be again.

Psalm 31 – 14  But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
15  My times are in your hand; ….

21  Blessed be the LORD,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me

Our reading from 2 Corinthians is one I have shared at many a funeral service when we are remembering one who may have suffered a major illness before dying yet whose faith grew stronger and stronger each day.

2 Corinthians 4:13-18 – 16So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

I am presently calling on one who is like this. She was one who sent me many a note regarding my daily devotions. Her name is Mae. She has a terminal illness that is slowly taking her earthly life yet her faith is as strong today, or maybe stronger, as when she was healthy. She’s told me often; “when I fall asleep I’m sure of one thing. I’ll either wake up in this bed or wake up in heaven and I’d prefer it to be heaven.” Mae knows where she is going. She knows who died and rose for her. She knows and her faith grows stronger day by day.

Please keep Mae in your prayers. I know she keeps me in hers.

Our reading from Mark reminds me of the many Psalms that begin with; “I cry to you O Lord, hear my cry.”

Mark 10:46-52 – 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

The blind man cried to the Lord and didn’t give up even when many people said; “be quiet!” He persisted. Jesus heard his cry and then asked him; “What do you want me to do for you? The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.”

Today, hear Jesus asking you; “What do you want me to do for you?” What would be your request?

My requests have to do more with others than me, yet I do have requests for me as well.

Freely share your requests with Jesus. Trust him to hear and to respond.

The blind man was given sight.

O God, thanks for hearing the prayers of your people. Thanks for your mighty acts of the past and your mighty acts of today. Today, guide us as we continue our journey with you to Jerusalem, to the cross. Amen.

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