21 March 2017

A Lenten Devotional...Part 1

Lent is a season of prayer and fasting for the 40 days before Easter.
     During this time of Lent, I have been reading a special devotional every day in order to prepare my heart for Easter.  My prayer is that I would be able to grasp more fully what Jesus did for me.  A recent reading included Jesus’ words in Matthew:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.  You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”  —Matthew 23:23-26
     This morning I awoke already feeling weary and worn out (it's only Tuesday, by the way...) and I thought, “Lord, I really need to meet with you during my lunch break to get a fresh perspective.”  Reading this really convicted me.  I don't like to admit it but I can often relate to the Pharisee.

To be continued on Wednesday, 3/22.

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

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