Peace- Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Welcome to the 2019 Walton Lent Devotional. Each week throughout Lent, and then each day during Holy Week, you’ll receive a short email with a Bible reading, reflection and prayer.

In the Advent Devotional last year, we explored the story of the birth of Jesus, as told in the Gospel of Luke, and so for Lent we’re continuing to look at Luke and reading his account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. If you’re looking for something to ‘take up’ (rather than ‘give up’) for Lent, why not also set yourself the goal of reading all of Luke? To help with this in each email, as well as the reading for the reflection, you’ll also find a link to read 2-3 chapters of Luke every week (less for each day in Holy Week). 

The beginning of Jesus’ ministry is marked by a powerful endorsement – the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus and a voice from Heaven acknowledges Jesus as God’s Son. In reading this, we have the opportunity to also acknowledge Jesus in our lives and proclaim our faith. Perhaps even adapt the words of Luke and affirm: “Jesus, You are my Saviour, my Beloved.” As we turn our lives towards Jesus in this way, we can gratefully recognize that his life – the episodes and events we will read about over the coming weeks – had one core purpose: to make us whole with God. To make us whole with God in this life, by healing us and showing us how to live; and to make us whole with God after death, by canceling out our human failings, so that only our love for God remains. Because in God’s eyes we are, each one of us, beloved children of God.

Beloved God, thank You for loving us, despite all our flaws and shortcomings. Thank You for looking past our anger and selfishness and fear, and seeing only love. Send us Your Holy Spirit that we might turn closer to You and closer to the life You would have us lead. Sustain and guide us, as You guided Your Son Jesus Christ, that we might follow his teaching in our world today. Amen

Luke 3:22

And the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

If you are taking part in the Lent goal to read all of Luke, between now and Sunday, read from Luke 2:41 through to the end of Luke 3

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.

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