Lenten Devotional for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lectionary readings for today:

the prayerMorning: Psalm 5; 147:1-11

Evening: Psalm 27; 51

Deuteronomy 9:23–10:5

Hebrews 3:12-19

John 2:23-3:15

John 2:3 Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God,without being born from above.

3:12 If I have told you about earthly things
and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly
things?

Where do babies come from? How often that dreaded question is
asked of parents by small children, and they don’t know what to say.
Sometimes the explanation is more fiction than fact, and we wonder why kids
get it all confused. A grown man trying to understand is just as difficult.

After having told Nicodemus that he must be born again – not
physically but of the Spirit, Jesus goes on to relate in verse 8 that the
wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not
know where it comes from or where it goes. We must just accept some things
of which we do not have a complete understanding. We must place our trust
in the Lord.

So it is with faith – some things we just have to accept. Lent
is the time in which we are encouraged to re-examine ourselves and our
faith. A time to seek out who we are and who we want to be. We must open
ourselves to all the possibilities that God offers us and step out in faith.

Prayer in Song

Without seeing You, we love You.

Without touching You, we embrace You.

Without knowing You, we follow.

Without seeing You, we believe.

——

Susan Martin

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