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Tuesday in Holy Week

“”It’s all dependent upon God.”” These were the words of my Grandfather Hales, a life-long farmer. He believed that he was just the steward of the land — but when it came to growing, harvesting and dying, that’s when the Lord was involved. Even in the midst of droughts, hail storms, and low yields, he believed that his job was to ready the field, plant the seed, and the Father would take care of the rest.
In the Gospel text for today, Jesus reminds us that the seed in the ground must die in order for there to be growth and new life — a reference to His own upcoming death and resurrection. After His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, He begins the Passover celebration with His disciples, which would culminate into His death and rising.
Then some Greeks, or gentiles, approach Philip about wishing to see Jesus. In this text, Christ reminds us why He is in town — to be glorified on the cross, where He will ultimately save the world from death, darkness and Satan.
Those Greeks seeking Jesus are really no different than many people we experience in the world today. There are so many who don’t know the Lord. But they are seeking, they are hungry, and they are looking for contentment in their lives. Are we helping them to “”see”” Jesus?
When I was on my pastoral internship, I clearly remember a young woman wandering into the church. And I will never forget her first question: “”Who is this Jesus?”” How are we making Christ known to others?
As Jesus sacrificed his own life, as His followers, we are also being called to sacrifice and serve, willing to give our own lives for the sake of the Gospel; because even from death, there is always the opportunity for new life.

Prayer: Father, please give us the courage and strength to reach out and invite others to see Jesus. Through the Lord’s death and resurrection, new life will be coming to the world. Help us to serve and to be willing to give up our own lives for the Gospel. There has to be death in order for new life to spring forth. Compel us to die of this world so we can experience everlasting life in the Name of Christ. Amen.

Devotion written by the Rev. Bradley J. Hales

“”Martin Luther King, Jr., Renewer of Society, 1968; Benedict the African, Friar, 1589″”

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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