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Lent Devotionals: Tuesday, February 28

I’m Thirsty

If you have ever had children or worked with children, you understand the meltdowns that occur when they are tired, when they are bored, and especially when they don’t get their way.
These meltdowns are not reserved only for children. I have often said, children are well, children; older adults can revert back to children also. And so in the middle, do we think we are any different—We are all children!
You see Moses was experiencing these same issues with the Israelites after three days in the desert.  These grumblings were not just the small children, but all of the children (young and old alike).   You can hear them, “It’s hot”, “My feet hurt”, “This water is nasty”, “I’m thirsty”.
It’s funny to read those words or to reassure young children when they say them.  It is something totally different when these words are spoken by children that are older, or as we like to call them, adults.  We like our comfort zone and are not very happy when we have to step outside of it.  I have to say I am guilty of that more than I would care to admit.  Then when God provides, just as He provided clean water for the Israelites, there is that small child-like voice that says,  “Thank you God, I knew you would take care of me.”   
Isn’t it wonderful that we have a God that loves us just as He loved the Israelites.  He is a God that is going to provide for us even when we mumble, we grumble, and we complain.  God is constant he gives us just what we need when we need it.  We have to trust Him.  
 As for comfort zones, I am going to remind myself throughout this Lenten season, that He assumed the most uncomfortable role just for me.
 
Karen Cooper
Children’s Ministry Director 


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.
 
 

Meditation

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!