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Lent Devotionals: Tuesday, March 28

In Dependence There is Strength

For more than a decade of my growing up years, my sister and I were blessed to have the opportunity to take trips with our grandparents.  Every summer we would spend time with our grandparents on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore.  It was always an amazing time exploring the beach for seashells, fishing off of Bob Hall Pier with the excitement of the unknown catch to be had, and wading out into the great world of the Gulf of Mexico.
The greatest thing that I think we learned in those trips was that there was something to our lives that was greater and bigger than either one of us.  We couldn’t stand on the beach, look around, and not see that there was something bigger working around us. 
 During those trips we were dependent on our grandparents to provide for us and keep us safe.  This even included the time that our grandmother scared everyone on the beach and in the surf when she announced in a larger than life voice that there were sharks in the water.  Of course, she did this as she was running back toward shore with me and my sister being pulled along by the backs of our bathing suits.  We didn’t think it was very funny at the time, but when we discovered that they were actually dolphins, you couldn’t stop any of us from laughing.
Those were carefree days and there are many times that I think back on them and smile.  I also look on them with great amounts of thankfulness and gratitude.  You see during those trips we learned to be dependent.  Our grandparents have long since passed, but our need for the dependence hasn’t.  That faith that our grandparents and families worked to cultivate in us has turned into a dependence on our God that loves us and watches over us. 
The carefree days of childhood may be gone, but the carefree day’s of being a child of God continues.  We can rely on Him for everything.  He doesn’t want us to worry or get hung up in the waves.  There will even be times when we get pulled back to the shoreline, but trusting Him will always prepare us for what ever adventures may lie before us.
May you enjoy your dependence days and experience the wonderful adventure with the eyes of a child! 
Karen Cooper
Children’s Ministry Director

Lent Devotionals: Monday, March 27

Hebrews 4:11-16

11 Therefore, let’s make every effort to enter that rest so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience, 12 because God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions. 13 No creature is hidden from it, but rather everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we have to give an answer. 14 Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son; 15 because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin. 16 Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help.


What does a high priest do? For an answer to this question we need to imagine ourselves being in a worship service of the ancient people of Israel in the temple. That’s where priests did their work. Their main tasks were bringing sacrifices for the sins of the people, praying for the people and, in this way, standing between God and his people. The high priest had the privilege of entering into the holy of holies behind the veil where the ark, the ultimate sign of God’s holy presence, was located, once a year.
Jesus is our only and unique high priest. He did not bring sacrifices, but sacrificed himself. He always prays for us. He eternally is the one who stands between God and us so that we can be united to our Father in him.
The beautiful thing about Jesus as high priest is that he is not far from us, but that he knows us very well. He sympathizes with our weaknesses because he himself also experienced them when he was here as a human being on earth. He was tested just like we are often tested. But he never sinned when he was. This is why he can be our perfect and eternal high priest.
Prayer:  Lord, we thank you that we have a high priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses: who was tempted in every way, yet did not sin, and who now stands before the throne of grace interceding on our behalf.
So we bring our prayers before you with confidence, in the name of our ascended Savior, Jesus Christ, seeking your mercy and your grace…..  In his holy name we pray.  Amen!