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In our Tuesday Lenten reading, Jesus uses the story of a lost sheep to explain that God’s love covers all, no matter how small. (Matthew 18:10-14) 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”
This year’s Lenten devotional at HUCC, “For the Beauty of the Earth” by Leah Schade, has begun a new section focused on celebrating animals and birds. Thursday’s reading is from the relationship of Jesus with John the Baptist:
“The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world … I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.'” (John 1:29-34) (page 33)
What word or phrase stands out to you in this reading? Close your eyes and repeat it silently. Allow God to speak to the deep concerns of your heart through this phrase. What is coming up for you? Tell God about it.If you didn’t pick up a copy of the Lenten devotional at church, let us know and we can mail one to your home. May the peace of Christ be with you. Love and peace,
At a certain age you might feel as I did that there’s not much I can do to help during the virus emergency. We’re mostly stuck at home. Wisely, there are limits on who can help with sandwich making at the church or serving at St. Vincent de Paul.
However, there is a critical need for blood donors. I called the American Red Cross Blood Bank to see how the staff there is protecting us if we choose to give.
Before you even enter the donation center, your temperature is taken and you clean your hands with sanitizer. Chairs and beds are spaced at least 6 feet apart, and kept cleansed.
Sounded like important precautions were being taken. Rick and I signed up and donated this week. It’s a good way to help. In fact, I have another date soon to donate platelets, also a critical need.
This year’s Lenten devotional at HUCC, “For the Beauty of the Earth” by Leah Schade, just began a new section focused on celebrating trees and plants. Thursday’s reading is from the Sermon on the Mount:”No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:43-45) (page 26)
What word or phrase stands out to you in this reading? Close your eyes and repeat it silently. Allow God to speak to the deep concerns of your heart through this phrase. What is coming up for you? Tell God about it.
If you didn’t pick up a copy of the Lenten devotional at church, let us know and we can mail one to your home. May the peace of Christ be with you. Love and joy, Pastors Marijke and Chelsea