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

Luke 19:37-38

As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”

If you are taking part in the Lent goal to read all of Luke, today read Luke 19.


Today then, we read of the events of Palm Sunday; of Jesus’ acclaimed entry into Jerusalem, with a multitude of believers worshiping God and praising Jesus and his ministry. The adulation, we know, will be short-lived, and within days the crowd will turn against Jesus, but in this passage we have a reminder of why we also praise God. As the disciples were driven by the “deeds of power that they had seen,” so too we are encouraged to give thanks for the ways in which God works in our lives: our prayers that are answered, our hopes that are fulfilled, and the love we are blessed with. The disciples cried out “Peace in heaven,” while we can remember the peace in our hearts that comes from the promise of God’s grace and forgiveness. And as the disciples worshiped, “glory in the highest heaven,” we can be inspired to offer glory to God through our lives.

Blessed God, glorious Lord, let our voices and our hearts praise and worship You. We give thanks for Your presence in our world: for the strength and support You provide us in challenging times, for the comfort and peace You send us through our prayer and worship of You. Let our lives resound with Your love, ringing out for all to see. Amen.

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

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