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Lent Devotionals: Monday, February 27

Exodus 15:22-27

Then Moses had Israel leave the Red Sea and go out into the Shur desert. They traveled for three days in the desert and found no water. When they came to Marah, they couldn’t drink Marah’s water because it was bitter. That’s why it was called Marah.  The people complained against Moses, “What will we drink?”  Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD pointed out a tree to him. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. The LORD made a regulation and a ruling there, and there he tested them.  The LORD said, “If you are careful to obey the LORD your God, do what God thinks is right, pay attention to his commandments, and keep all of his regulations, then I won’t bring on you any of the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians. I am the LORD who heals you.”  Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees. They camped there by the water.


Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and ends at sundown on Holy Saturday, April 15th, the evening before Easter. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.


Prayer:  Gracious and merciful God, Lead me into this Lenten season with a true sense of who I am in you.  Help me set aside the self I have created and affix my heart, my mind, and my soul on the person you created.  Your daughter.  Your son.  Created for your glory.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen!



What A Relief

Late last week I began feeling, let’s just say, not so good.  Being sick is a total waste of time and, frankly, exhausting.  But I was a good patient and did what I was told.  I called my doctor Friday morning to see if I could get an appointment before the weekend.  After asking what my symptoms were, they scheduled me for 10:45 AM appointment with the physician’s assistant.  Sounded good to me.  But I would have to drive around behind their building, call the front desk, and wait for someone to open the rear door so I could enter without affecting….or is that infecting….any of the patients in the waiting room.  

When I arrived, I called and, after about thirty minutes waiting in my car, the back door opened and a nurse came to take me inside.  She went through the regular routine; checking my heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, etc.  I just knew all her checking would find that I am about to go through one of those near-death experiences, or worse.  Not so.  I had a mild fever and my heart rate was a little high.  

The physician’s assistant then entered the room and gave me her diagnosis.  I prepared myself for the worst.  She said, “Scott, it looks like you have a stomach bug.”  I’m sure she meant some kind of new super-strain of something that was flown in from the deepest marshes of the Amazon.  Nope, just a normal stomach bug.  So she called in a couple of prescriptions to the pharmacy and told me to lay low for a few days.

Those few days seemed like an eternity.  Though I took my medications as prescribed, I didn’t feel any relief until three days later.  

Sometime’s life works out that way.  Though relief is right around the corner, it doesn’t always arrive as quickly as we hope.

So it is for the victims of the flooding in Hood County last May and June.  They’ve been waiting for things to get better.  They’ve applied and received some aid from the American Red Cross and other relief organizations, but there’s still work that needs to be done.

That’s where we can help!  Our very own United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the very agency who came to Granbury to help the tornado victims in 2013, are back to help these flooding victims and they’re asking for our help.  UMCOR needs as many volunteer groups as they can get to help clean up flood debris and do some light construction work.  I want to encourage you, if you are willing and able to help, to contact the church office and sign up at the Welcome Center Desk to provide those who are suffering with the relief they’ve been waiting so long for.


God’s richest blessings to you all,

Pastor Scott

“Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth.  This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts in God’s presence.” (1 John 3:18-19, CEB)