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Saturday of the Fifth Week in Lent

Have you ever experienced how difficult it is to love a child who is disobedient, disruptive, naughty, ornery, or disrespectful? Perhaps, as a teacher who loves teaching a classroom full of energetic children, you may find it hard to love that child who seems to make life miserable for everyone else or is the bully in the room.

Or, as a parent, you may have a child who is disobedient, disrespectful, sullen, or contradicts you in every way possible. Do you find it difficult to love them?

When I asked a mother who her favorite child was of three, she responded, “The one who needs my love the most that day.” A wise woman of faith, she knew that the one whose behavior was the most disruptive needed her love and attention the most that day. After all, it is God’s Word in 1 Peter 4:8 that says, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

As we draw nearer to Holy Week, we can often wonder how the Jewish religious leaders could accuse Jesus of blasphemy and treason — how they could not see the Messiah in their very midst. Yet it is the apostle Paul, a Jew by birth, who explains the ways of our Heavenly Father. It is by His great mercy that He loves the disobedient and offered His only Son, Jesus, so that those who put their trust in Him could experience the mercy of the Father, feel His great love, and witness His eternal grace.

This is true for both His chosen people, Israel, and those of us who have been grafted in through faith in the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Your parents/spouse/ children may love you much and forgive you often, but Jesus Christ loves you even more. For His love, there is no repayment. Thanks be to God for His indescribable glorious merciful love for you and me.

Prayer: Almighty Father, You show Your love for Your creation through Your Son. Help us to share Your words of love and mercy to those who do not yet trust Jesus as Savior. Work faith in all, by Your Holy Spirit, to bring us to the Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Devotion written by the Rev. Shelly D. Schultz

“”Amalie Wilhelmina Sieveking, Renewer of Society, 1859; Frederick Dennison Maurice, Priest, 1872″”

This daily prayer and Bible reading guide, Devoted to Prayer (based on Acts 2:42), was conceived and prepared by the Rev. Andrew S. Ames Fuller, director of communications for the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). After several challenging years in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been provided with a unique opportunity to revitalize the ancient practice of daily prayer and Scripture reading in our homes. While the Reading the Word of God three-year lectionary provided a much-needed and refreshing calendar for our congregations to engage in Scripture reading, this calendar includes a missing component of daily devotion: prayer. This guide is to provide the average layperson and pastor with the simple tools for sorting through the busyness of their lives and reclaiming an act of daily discipleship with their Lord. The daily readings follow the Lutheran Book of Worship two-year daily lectionary, which reflect the church calendar closely. The commemorations are adapted from Philip H. Pfatteicher’s New Book of Festivals and Commemorations, a proposed common calendar of the saints that builds from the Lutheran Book of Worship, but includes saints from many of those churches in ecumenical conversation with the NALC. The introductory portion is adapted from Christ Church (Plano)’s Pray Daily. Our hope is that this calendar and guide will provide new life for congregations learning and re-learning to pray in the midst of a difficult and changing world.

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