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Lenten Devotional 2019 Samples

What a blessing it is to walk through the season of Lent with devotions from your First Pres family!

Lenten Devotional 2019Please provide:

1) Scripture passage (NIV),

2) a brief devotion (200 words or less), and

3) a short prayer (couple of sentences).

 

 

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Here are a few submissions from prior years to help you get started:

SAMPLE ONE

Be still, and know that I am God Psalm 46:10

After returning from the all-church retreat I was asked how the retreat was, my response was: it was great. The speaker was great, the fellowship was great, but I was exhausted. What I really crave for is a few months retreat in a monastery or in the mountains, the kind that I can get away from the ever more demanding, ever faster paced, and ever more noisy modern life to the simpler, slower and more peaceful way of living, the kind that’s more attuned to the natural rhythm.

The noisy life I am talking about is the internal noise, or the internal storm, in another word, the monologue in our head. I learned that the average person is said to have 60,000 separate thoughts every day. Most of the thoughts are not creative and peaceful, but are the ones that stir up and stress our bodies. They are noises. They are noises of jealousy and separation, noises of judgment and self righteousness, noises of imperfection and inadequacy, noises of worry and anxiety, noises of guilt and insatiable desires. These noises drive the peace, joy and love out of our lives here and now. The peace and tranquility that our hearts so desire seems out of reach.

But our creator, our mighty God knows our human nature. He prescribed the medicine “Be still and know that I am God.” Throughout the centuries he has been speaking to his children: “Get away from the noises, come to me, spend time with me in silence, know that I am the alpha and the omega, and you are my Beloved! Come to me and rest, my peace is abundant and free.” If we can engrave our loving Father’s prescription in our brain, execute it every hour, every day, every year of our lives, then peace and joy are attainable, the kingdom of heaven can be tasted here on earth. We shall understand what “In the world but not in the world” means. (Lucy Kreider)

SAMPLE TWO

I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;  Psalm 121

The past few summers my husband Don and I have discovered joy in visiting the mountains. Whether it was the snow capped Tetons and Rockies or the misty, rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley, we always viewed the mountains with a quiet sense of awe. During those days of retreat we delighted in focusing our eyes upwards. We purposely rose early each day to capture the mountains in glorious sunrise and still reveled in the peaks in the smoky light of dusk. We never tired of looking up…

Now I store the remarkable images of these mountains and the wisdom of this comforting psalm tucked within my heart. When I feel overwhelmed and pulled down by the unexpected stresses of daily life, I simply remember to lift up my eyes and know with confidence that my help comes from my Lord and Maker. Just as I marveled at the wild goats walking steadily and fearlessly on the sheerest mountain cliffs, God reassures me that he will keep my path steady, he will not let my foot slip. No matter how tired I am at the end of this day, how comforting to know that God never wearies of watching over my life. He never slumbers...He never sleeps. (Mary Jo Pikul)

Don't forget to CLOSE WITH A SHORT PRAYER

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Last Published: February 4, 2019 4:02 PM

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