Lenten Devotional

Filed under: Religion & Faith

March 23, 2017

John 10:10
I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly…
As we journey through the season of Lent, we enter the narrative that led Jesus to Jerusalem and to the Cross. We journey through a time when we remember that it is from dust we have come and to dust we shall return. We enter this season willingly. Therefore, we should be willing for this dust--the elemental essence of our lives--to be caught up in the dust that was Jesus’ life, the dust underneath his feet, the dust underneath his nails, the dust that rooted the Cross, the dust that teaches us the way we are to live and breathe and BE.
Jesus came introducing life in all its fullness.  Through his life, he brought a message of love that was like light, a light that continues to reveal the grace and truth of God in ways that changed the climate around him.  His message of love for all permeated the air and was as threatening to some as it was comforting to others.  Yet, the message of Jesus’ love could not be destroyed.
The way love breaks into the world today is as threatening to some as it is comforting to others.  Yet, we know love in its fullest form brings with it light, grace and truth.
May those who believe in Jesus’ message of life be caught up in the abundance of God’s love for us all.  May it root itself within our very being. May the DNA of the dust of our being be caught up in the dust of Jesus’ being that our lives might be marked with the realities of knowing the truth of Life—abundant life, for all.
Loving God, strengthen us for the abundant living of these days that others might find grace and truth in the love that comes alive in us through you. Amen
Rev. Michelle Shrader
Associate Minister, Central Methodist Mission
Mission Partner Cape of Good Hope District
Cape Town, South Africa

The Lenten Devotional is a faith-filled resource that compiles meditations written by 47 faith leaders from across the United States. This project and other public education work with faith leaders in HRC Alabama, HRC Arkansas and HRC Mississippi is made possible in part by the generous support of the  E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Previous devotionals are available for download