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Wednesday of the Second Week in Lent

Grace and peace be to you this day. Early in ministry, I served a three-point parish in ranch country, USA. If you know nothing else about ranchers, you should know that they are pretty self-sufficient. One day, I received a phone call from a rancher’s wife who had been working on a plan for a community-wide vacation Bible school. She had been praying for God’s direction to be revealed for months, and was now ready to share her vision. When I asked her what the theme was for this VBS, she said “It’s All About Jesus!” Well, that statement is true, isn’t it! And, with such a broad topic, we had free rein in preparing our daily lessons. It was a fantastic week of sharing Jesus stories with children who were eager to learn about Him and His great love for them.
It’s all about Jesus! From Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”; to the last verse of Scripture—Revelation 22:21, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen,” the story is all about Jesus! All matters in life, in death, and in eternity point to Jesus…His deity, His humanity, His sacrifice, and His triumph. 
In our assigned readings for this day, where and how do you see Jesus? 
1. How is He mightily working at reconciling Joseph and his brothers? 
2. Where is Jesus in Psalm 27 when King David acknowledges that he has nothing to fear when God is on his side? 
3. Then, we have this text from 1 Corinthians 6 where church members are carrying grievances and lawsuits against each other. And St. Paul reminds them that they (and we, today) were washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
4. The Gospel reading is the Parable of the Sower, and it might be a familiar story to you. So…I just have to ask the question: which soil are you anchored in? 
a. Are your roots struggling for something solid to cling to, the answer is Jesus.
b. Have the ‘birds’ in your life taken your joy in the Lord away? Turn to Jesus.
c. If you are distracted by the cares of the world, run to Jesus!
d. Are you in a good place like that black dirt that takes your roots deep and solidly anchors your soul in Jesus? Hold on to Jesus, and tell your story. 
You see? Life IS all about Jesus! So, keep His countenance ever before you.
Jesus, keep me near the cross
There a precious fountain.
Free to all a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul finds rest beyond river.
Amen, and amen.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You came into the world that lay in darkness, and You pierced that void with Your own brilliant light.
Sometimes we are overwhelmed by life’s events, and then we sit in the shadow of despair. But in Your great mercy, You pull us into Your presence, and restore us again, and again, and again. For this immeasurable gift, we give You thanks and praise. Amen.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:13-14)

Devotion written by the Rev. Susan Fox

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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