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

Gates are a focal point, guiding our path and providing a clear direction. A gate in a garden, for example, directs you through the garden, creating possibility and encouraging you on. For those listening to Jesus, a gate would have meant the entrance to a sheep pen; at night the sheep come in through the gate for safety, and in the morning they return out through the gate. The gate therefore is not a barrier or a hurdle but a passageway.

Jesus reveals himself as the route to a better life for each of us. With Jesus as the focal point in our lives, he will guide our paths and provide us with direction. As we come and go each day, Jesus will watch over us and lead us to nourishment and abundant life. How can you reinforce the presence of Jesus in your life each day? How might you focus on Jesus’ love to direct you through each day and into the future?

Loving God, sustain me to make You the focus of my time. As each day begins, be the passageway through which I travel and the road to meaning. As each night falls, be the focus of my coming home, the way to peace and protection. Whether at dusk or dawn, keep me safe and encourage me on. Amen.

John 10:7, 9

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. … I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.”

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