Lenten Devotional BlogFor 2013 we will continue to share daily devotions in a couple of different ways. First, in blog format, which can be read here or set up as an RSS feed using the orange button below. Second, you can request that you be added to our Lenten Devotional email list, and we will email you a daily devotion throughout the Lenten season. We hope that you will choose to receive this year's devotional in this way. We hope that utilizing these forms of technology will enable us to reach a wider audience with this gift. Please note that under "author" appears the name Penny Rasnake but that is simply because I post them each day. The actual author of the daily posting appears at the end of each devotional article.
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Saturday, March 30 Read: John 19:38-42
TODAY: Be a candle.
Brighten the day of a
a weary friend, a
tired co-worker or a
Make an extra effort
by sending a letter,
making a call or sharing
LIGHT - by Marilyn Dukes Bursch
It was January 5, the night before Epiphany. Throughout the Advent
season, “in the...
Good Friday, March 29 Read: John 13:31-35
TODAY: Find a map of Jerusalem to trace the events of HolyWeek.
Offer this prayer: Almighty and eternal God, who in your great love
gave your only Son to die for our sins, and for the sins of the whole
world: Enable us, we pray, by your Holy Spirit, to worship you with
reverence, and meditate with humility upon ...
Maundy Thursday, March 28 Read: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
TODAY: Follow the
music of the passion by
listening to Bach’s St.
PRAISE, I SAID PRAISE!!! By Haydee Toedtman
“Tell me: Why is this night different than all other nights?” This haunting
refrain is one of the most emotional parts of a new opera that has
Wednesday, March 27 Read: Luke 13:18-19
TODAY: Consider joining
a mission team to the
Haiti Christian School of
New Vision. Contact
The Church of the Good
Shepherd for more information.
There’s also a
OF GOD LIKE? by Ginny Johnson
I compare the kingdom of God to the Haiti Christian School of ...
Tuesday, March 26 Read: John 15:12-17
TODAY: Ask God to help
you see the needs of others
around you. Think of
how you can lay down
your life today for a
friend. Put aside your
own “to-do” list and connect
with someone who
needs a listening ear.
LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE by Becky Todd York
HolyWeek is the special time that we
commemorate the life, ...
Monday, March 25 Read: John 15:2
TODAY: Connect. Reach
out to God by reading
the Bible and attending
church. Spend time with
people who are important
to you. Rekindle
memories that live on in
our hearts.We can help
one another in many ways
when we lose things that
are important to us by
copying pictures, building
new collections and
keeping our connections
Palm Sunday, March 24 Read: Matthew 27:11-54
TODAY: This marks the symbolic beginning of Jesus’ journey through
Jerusalem. What will you do today to convince witnesses that you
are a follower? Or will people think you let Jesus pass by? What
THE BIG QUESTION by Penny Rasnake
I have a friend on the social media site Facebook who has ...
Saturday, March 23 Read: Luke 8:1-3
TODAY: Sign up. Church
of the Good Shepherd
members cook and serve
lunch on the fourth
Sunday of each month.
Volunteer for this
Add your name to the
signup sheet in the
Information Center or
contact the church
THE GIFT OF SHARING
“Here they come again!” It was Evelyn Green’s ...
Friday, March 22 Read: Luke 15:1-7
TODAY: Reach out. If
you know of a teenager
who is in need of support,
or if you have a
connection with schools
in your neighborhood,
take the time to offer
yourself as a mentor, role
model and spiritual guide.
Be the good shepherd in
TWO LOST SHEEP
As Jesus was being criticized by the
scribes and Pharisees for ...
Thursday, March 21 Read: Job 12:7-10
TODAY: Take a
moment to look at our
world and ask yourself
how else could all this
splendor come to pass
without the hand of
God? Take in His creations
and feel the joy
it can bring to you.
SWIPER by Joe Kinego
Have you ever made what appeared to be a simple decision in life only
to recognize later that maybe you did not ...
Wednesday, March 20 Read: Song of Solomon 2:10-13
TODAY: Eleanor Farjeon’s inspiration was Lamentations 3:22-23,
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come
to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
What poem can you write this week to praise and thank the
Creator of the seasons?
Tuesday, March 19 Read: Psalm 100
TODAY: Write a Psalm.
Spring is coming, which
should put you in a celebratory
mood. Capture that spirit.
HALLELUJAH FOR THE MESSIAH - By Kathy Lovelace
Saying that I had trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year
would be a huge understatement. In early December, I drove by a
church sign that read: “Are you ...
Monday, March 18 Read: Ephesians 4:14-20
TODAY: As a parent, make a point today of devoting time to your
children and telling them how proud of them you are. As a son or
daughter, reach out to your parents, recalling moments when you
were especially grateful for their wisdom and help.
HANDLEWITH CARE by Marla Stone
At a young age, I learned a very ...
Sunday, March 17 Read: 1 John 4:7
TODAY: Say a prayer for
young people trying to
find their way. Brennan
Manning gave a passionate
explanation for this
sort of change in his
book, The Wisdom of Tenderness:
“When I am
in conscious communion
with the reality of the
wild, passionate, relentless,
tender love of God for
Saturday, March 16 Read: Colossians 3:22-25
TODAY: Finish the task. The difference between something good
and something great is attention to detail. Big or small, attention to
detail makes all the difference, whether it’s a musical or play, a
church, homework, a garden, homework or an assignment at work.
Learn from the children that with God&...
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