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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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