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The season of Lent has typically held a special place in the life of the Church. Beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating in the events of Holy Week, Lent is an invitation to focus on what is central to our faith. It has also become a time for personal and spiritual reflection on who we are as God’s people and on what God has given us so graciously in Christ.
 
The season of Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday. As we have done in the past, the NALC is excited to provide you with this year’s I am God – You are my People Lenten devotional, prepared by the Rev. Paull Spring, NALC bishop emeritus and the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, NALC assistant to the bishop for missions. The devotional is centered on two themes. The first is a selection of biblical passages in which God is addressed as the “Great I Am.” The second is a selection of passages in which we are addressed as God’s people, “You are…”

It is our hope that, as we reflect on these passages from God’s Word, our faith in God may be strengthened and our commitment to His Word renewed.

It is also our prayer that, as we move from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week, we may join the two disciples of Jesus as they cried out, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32 ESV).

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  • Days After Ash Wednesday

    Daily Reading – March 6, 2019

    Gracious God, as we start this Lenten journey, we confess that You are almighty. Without You we can do nothing. But with You nothing is impossible. Just as You did for Abram, help us during our weakest moments and confirm Your covenant through Your holy Word.
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    Daily Reading – March 7, 2019

    Gracious God, open our eyes to see You. Move our hearts to follow You and touch our minds to understand the Scriptures. As You fully revealed Yourself to Moses, please reveal Yourself to us. Help us to know You, learn from You and spend time with You.
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    Daily Reading – March 8, 2019

    Gracious God, thank You for revealing and introducing Yourself to us. Without You we are lost sinners, condemned to eternal judgment. But through Your son, Jesus Christ, You came down to earth and saved us. Just as You brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, You rescued us by taking on our sins and denying the power of Satan and the world.
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    Daily Reading – March 9, 2019

    Gracious God, thank You for revealing and introducing Yourself to us. Without You we are lost sinners, condemned to eternal judgment. But through Your son, Jesus Christ, You came down to earth and saved us. Just as You brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, You rescued us by taking on our sins and denying the power of Satan and the world.
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  • Week 1

    Daily Reading – March 10, 2019

    O Lord God, you led your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide now the people of your Church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come.
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    Daily Reading – March 11, 2019

    Dear gracious and almighty God, we come before You fearful of death, in doubt and confusion about God while acknowledging Your power and authority over death and life. Today we thank You for sending these words of assurance.
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    Daily Reading – March 12, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, in the middle of this thorny, painful and hopeless world, thank You for sending us signs of hope, life and love: A rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys, a lily among thorns. Today we remember and pray for all our loved ones, friends and neighbors whose lives, like this rose, are like a lily among thorns. We lift up their names to You. Help them overcome their lives in the valley and come up to the mountain top with Jesus. Help them not to be choked by the thorns but continue to hear the Word and grow in their faith amid their thorny circumstances.
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    Daily Reading – March 13, 2019

    Dear Jesus, thank You for coming to us like a good shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine sheep behind and searches for the one that is lost. Lord Jesus, thank You for finding my life and the lives of my fellow believers. You are our Good Shepherd who willingly and sacrificially laid down Your life for us. You died that we may have life.
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    Daily Reading – March 14, 2019

    Lord God, because of You we are led, fed, protected and loved. You are a God who feeds us lavishly—to overflowing. Your people, who are called by Your name, are fed with Your Holy Word, Your saving grace and Your eternal love.
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    Daily Reading – March 15, 2019

    Dear gracious, loving and saving God, thank You for taking that first step towards us to forgive, redeem and save us. Thank You for openly and directly saying, “I am with you.” For there is no way for us to come to You and be with You through our own initiative.
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    Daily Reading – March 16, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, we offer our thanks for Your amazing promises and ever-comforting presence. Hearing these promises, we ask You to help us increase our faith and trust in You. In Your Word, You stated that You are the first and You are the last. Thus, You are our eternal rock and ever-present hope.
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  • Week 2

    Daily Reading – March 17, 2019

    Heavenly Father, it is your glory always to have mercy. Bring back all who have erred and strayed from your ways; lead them again to embrace in faith the truth of your Word and to hold it true.
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    Daily Reading – March 18, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, in You we have a true shepherd. Throughout the Bible we see how You cared for Your people. You brought Your people out of slavery; You led them through the wilderness. You fed them, protected them and You even fought their battles for them.
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    Daily Reading – March 19, 2019

    Dear gracious God, we are all sinners, saved and gathered by You. Through our salvation, we became Your children. As Your children we have become sons and daughters of God—related to each other as brothers and sisters. Thus, we gather together to worship, to learn and to be Your disciples.
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    Daily Reading – March 20, 2019

    Dear gracious God, we are all sinners, saved and gathered by You. Through our salvation, we became Your children. As Your children we have become sons and daughters of God—related to each other as brothers and sisters. Thus, we gather together to worship, to learn and to be Your disciples.
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    Daily Reading – March 21, 2019

    Dear gracious God, in this world there are so many people competing to be lords and rulers above others. Millions of people are committed to becoming higher than others. Our youth idolize movie stars, sport personalities and super stars in various fields. Lord God, help us to focus not on super stars, but on our super servant, Jesus.
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    Daily Reading – March 22, 2019

    Dear gracious Lord, in this section of your Word you help us think and reflect on the length of our lives. Life on earth is our opportunity to live with You and for You. This is our moment to honor and serve You by honoring and serving others in Your name.
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    Daily Reading – March 23, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, You sent Your son, Jesus, from above to down below, where we are. Our Lord Jesus came from above and humbled himself to come to the lowest point of life, where sin and Satan reign, to set us free.
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  • Week 3

    Daily Reading – March 24, 2019

    Eternal Lord, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your Word and obey it, so that we become instruments of your redeeming love.
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    Daily Reading – March 25, 2019

    Dear gracious and eternal God, we come before You, acknowledging Your eternal wisdom in planning to save us through your son, Jesus, who was there in the eternal past. Jesus openly stated that, “before Abraham was, I am.” Sometimes we are preoccupied in our little worlds and ignore the truth of the Gospel. We are concerned about now, about here and about ourselves.
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    Daily Reading – March 26, 2019

    Dear gracious God, we come to You with praise and thanksgiving for sending Jesus to die for us and open the gateway into Your kingdom. In this world of confusion, where people are teaching and believing that there are many doors to heaven, help us to stand on your eternal Word and confess that there is only one door, Jesus, the only door to heaven and the only means of our salvation.
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    Daily Reading – March 27, 2019

    Dear gracious God, we are humbled and amazed at how You always come to us. Even while we were dead in our sins You came to us to give us new life. Our enemy, Satan, comes to steal, kill and destroy our lives. But you came to destroy the works of Satan. Because of Your work, You now give us abundant life. We are blessed with that amazing gift. Our lives are filled and overflowing with the gift of life that flows into us through the promise of our Baptism.
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    Daily Reading – March 28, 2019

    Dear gracious, heavenly God, we are lost without Your grace, blind without Your light and dead without Your life. Thus, we thank You for being our Good Shepherd. As a good shepherd, You always find us when we are lost, You guide us back to life and You save us from eternal death and destruction. You are our Good Shepherd.
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    Daily Reading – March 29, 2019

    Dear gracious, heavenly Father, we are always thankful that Your Son, Jesus, took on human flesh, became fully human and dwelt among us. He humbled Himself and came down to our level to serve and save our lives from sin, Satan and eternal condemnation.
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    Daily Reading – March 30, 2019

    Dear gracious Jesus, along with You we boldly confess that You are the resurrection and the life. Without You there is no life. You defeated and destroyed death; You have total victory over death. In fact, You are the only victor over death. No other religion or religious leader can make that statement and claim.
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  • Week 4

    Daily Reading – March 31, 2019

    God of all mercy, by Your power to heal and to forgive, graciously cleanse us from all sin and make us strong.
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    Daily Reading – April 1, 2019

    Dear glorious and gracious God, there are so many leaders who labor and work hard throughout their lives along with their servants. However, when victory and glory come they take total credit for the victory and never share their glory with their servants. Not so with You, Jesus!
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    Daily Reading – April 2, 2019

    Dear God, thank You for anchoring and establishing our faith on cornerstone statements like this. Thank You for not leaving us confused over who and what we believe. Our faith in You is not left to options, choices and alternatives. You have called us to go on “the way,” to believe in the “the truth” and to live “the life.” There is absolutely no confusion in this truth. Jesus, help us to have strong and unmovable faith in Your eternal words.
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    Daily Reading – April 3, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, thank You for coming to us through Your son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for speaking to us in very simple and easy to understand statements. You are the vine and we are the branches. We often make the mistake of thinking that we are the main tree and you are one branch of our lives. We repent of that sin and pray that You redeem us from that lie. You are the vine, You are the foundation, You are the solution, You are the source and You are the anchor of our lives.
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    Daily Reading – April 4, 2019

    Dear gracious God, thank You for Your ever-present companionship in our lives. We are never alone because of Your love and Your presence with us. Your presence is our confidence. In Genesis 2:18, Your Word states that it is not good for a man to be alone. That is not only true for marriage or for human relationships—our lives are empty and vulnerable without You.
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    Daily Reading – April 5, 2019

    Dear God, we echo Your powerful words spoken in Revelation 1:8 and declare that You are the Alpha and the Omega. There was no one before You and no one will be after You. Our lives are lived in full in between that Alpha and Omega. Through Baptism, You give us a new birth and through Your Word and Communion You give us and assure us of our eternal lives. Thank You for being our Alpha and our Omega.
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    Daily Reading – April 6, 2019

    Dear gracious and eternal God, life comes from You. You are the sole source of life. Because You live, we also live in and through You. Even death could not overcome You. During this Lenten season we reflect on that very deep reality of life and death. Pain on the cross, persecution, false accusations, humiliation and death tried to stop and crush life in You.
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  • Week 5

    Daily Reading – April 7, 2019

    Almighty God, our redeemer, in our weakness we have failed to be your messengers of forgiveness and hope in the world. Renew us by your Holy Spirit, that we may follow your commands and proclaim your reign of love.
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    Daily Reading – April 8, 2019

    Almighty God, our redeemer, in our weakness we have failed to be your messengers of forgiveness and hope in the world. Renew us by your Holy Spirit, that we may follow your commands and proclaim your reign of love.
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    Daily Reading – April 9, 2019

    Dear gracious, heavenly Father, we are forever grateful for this powerful truth stated in your Word. Today we recall the persecution and pain You went through for our sake. In the midst of that pain and persecution You never retaliated and never turned to bitterness. Please help us to share that life and fill our lives with Your grace to face persecution, trusting in You and humbly serving You.
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    Daily Reading – April 10, 2019

    Dear gracious God, we acknowledge and confess that true and freeing knowledge comes from You. Jesus, You declare to Your disciples that they shall know the truth. You came to make the ultimate truth known. That truth is You! Thank You for revealing Yourself to us.
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    Daily Reading – April 11, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, we praise Your name for granting us Your grace to lead us from darkness into that marvelous light of knowing You. Knowing You comes as You reveal Yourself to us fully. Because of that revelation, we live an amazing life of freedom and joy.
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    Daily Reading – April 12, 2019

    Dear gracious God, we thank You today for this amazing privilege of having a strong connection with You. We are branches connected to You. You brought us from afar by Your grace. You pulled us closer to Yourself through Your love and You gave us a solid foundation to stand on.
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    Daily Reading – April 13, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, thank You for inviting us into friendship with You. Though we were Your enemies, You saved us and brought us closer to You. You call us Your friends. We are no longer far from You. We have been brought closer to You. We are no longer enemies. We are friends. We are no longer slaves. We are free. We are no longer servants. We are children of God.
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  • Holy Week

    Daily Reading – April 14, 2019

    Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take our flesh upon him and to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection.
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    Daily Reading – April 15, 2019

    Dear gracious God, throughout the ages You have never left Yourself without a witness. Right after Your resurrection You gave Your disciples and followers many conclusive proofs of Your resurrection. They were convinced and completely overwhelmed by the evidence. Dear Jesus, please help us to have the same foundation of faith as the disciples—grounded in the everlasting truth of Your bodily resurrection.
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    Daily Reading – April 16, 2019

    Dear gracious God, throughout the ages You have never left Yourself without a witness. Right after Your resurrection You gave Your disciples and followers many conclusive proofs of Your resurrection. They were convinced and completely overwhelmed by the evidence. Dear Jesus, please help us to have the same foundation of faith as the disciples—grounded in the everlasting truth of Your bodily resurrection.
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    Daily Reading – April 17, 2019

    Dear gracious heavenly Father, through the promise of Baptism You have bestowed a new identity upon us. We are no longer aliens or foreigners separated from You. We are now called and cleansed through the work of Jesus on the cross.
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    Daily Reading – April 18, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, we are often faced with fear and doubt. At times we feel forgotten and forsaken. Just like Jesus in Gethsemane, we struggle with the bitterness and cruelty of life. There are times when we feel distant and separated from You. Oh God, thank You for these words spoken to Abraham.
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    Daily Reading – April 19, 2019

    Dear gracious and loving God, we are often faced with fear and doubt. At times we feel forgotten and forsaken. Just like Jesus in Gethsemane, we struggle with the bitterness and cruelty of life. There are times when we feel distant and separated from You. Oh God, thank You for these words spoken to Abraham.
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    Daily Reading – April 20, 2019

    Dear gracious and heavenly Father, You are our God with the power and the authority to choose and grant a new race. We thank You, holy God, for making us a chosen race through the powerful blood of Jesus Christ that was poured into our lives.
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    Daily Reading – April 21, 2019

    Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take our flesh upon him and to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection.
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