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Lenten Devotions

Welcome to our daily devotions page in Lent.
This week Moses will be our partner in prayer as we seek to draw near to God in the Spirit.

Lenten Devotions 2020. Week Four. Praying with Ecclesiastes.

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT. March 22, 2020. Prayer 1004.
A Reason For The Season
We are in a season of seeking. With great efforts being made to slow the spread of the Covid 19 virus we are seeking to stay healthy by taking shelter in solitude. Being alone we begin to ask questions about the meaning of life. We can join with “The Preacher” in Ecclesiastes 4:6 saying, “Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.” Now is the season to join the quest for deep reasons of our lives.
WE ARE HARD AT WORK WORRYING. CAN WE EMBRACE STILLNESS AND ASK DEEP QUESTIONS OF LIFE?
Dear God, normally I am so busy I don’t have time to ask you, what is the purpose of our life with you? Amen.

DAY 23. Monday, March 23, 2020. Prayer 1005.
A Sweet Refrain
We are in a season of restraint. Practicing social distancing to slow a communicable disease takes patient, persistent, and disciplined action. It is a time to refrain from gathering. Ecclesiastes 3:5 sings, “There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.” While avoiding personal contact, we connect with words, music and poetry. In poetry and song a refrain is where we return to a central verse and repeat it over again.
SWEET REFRAINS RETURN OUR SOULS TO A FAMILIAR VERSE. WHAT REFRAINS ARE YOU SINGING?
Dear God, this time of restraint can be good for us physically and spiritually, help me hear your Words. Amen.

DAY 24. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Prayer 1006.
Stay In Touch With Both Sides
We are in a season of wanting wisdom. What causes a virus to spread so quickly? What can we do to identify it, prepare for it, heal from it and slow it down? Ecclesiastes 7:18 essentially says, “It’s best to stay in touch with both sides of an issue. God deals with all of reality, not just a piece of it.” We can’t know everything. But on good days, enjoy life. On bad days, examine yourself. God gives us both days. Take nothing for granted.
A LIFE TIME OF LIVING TEACHES US HUMILITY IN WHAT WE CAN KNOW. HOW CAN WE SEE ALL SIDES?
Dear God, while we all want wisdom to happen quickly, provoke us to not stick to incomplete answers. Amen.

DAY 25. Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Prayer 1007.
Wisdom In The Face of Folly
We are in a season of shouting. It’s hard to respond to a crisis with everyone talking at once. Ecclesiastes 9:17 says, “The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.” A quiet lab worker may save us all. In life, “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.”
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. LIFE IS PRECIOUS. WHAT IS OUR SOUL SAYING TO THE PRESENT TIME?
Dear God, show me how to seize the day, to enjoy what matters, to love all the gifts you’ve given me. Amen.

DAY 26. Thursday, March 26, 2020. Prayer 1008.
Don’t Hoard Your Goods
We are in a season of hoarding. The threat of a shelter in place order and the fear of running out of food and medicine are the stuff of these days. In Eugene Peterson’s translation, Ecclesiastes 11:1 reads, “Be generous; invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others.” Why do we “cast our bread upon the waters?” To literally save our soul by saving others.
IN A TIME OF NEED AND WANT OUR COLLECTING MUST BE FOR EVERYONE’S GAIN. WHAT CAN WE SHARE?
Dear God, let me use my great strength in gathering to cast resources out to all who are in great need. Amen.

DAY 27. Friday, March 27, 2020. Prayer 1009.
Patience And Pride
We are in a season of patience. When spending more time at home and in solitude it is easy to let our inner voice become negative. Ecclesiastes 7:8 recommends, “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” Certainly the end of having a cold or the end of a pandemic is more desirable than its inception. Pride isolates us and tells us to seek our own ends. Be patient in heart.
LEFT UNDER OUR OWN RECOGNIZANCE, IF IT IS ALL UP TO US TO DO, CAN WE AFFORD TO PUSH GOD AWAY?
Dear God, especially in a time of crisis we pray to you, make my heart a storage center of your wisdom. Amen.

DAY 28. Saturday, March 28, 2020. Prayer 1010.
God’s Gift To Us
We are in a season of receiving. Because we all stand in a position of vulnerability what we take in is vital to our life. The Preacher reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3:11 “God has made everything beautiful in its time.” The gift God gives us is to live the day, this day, as if it were our last. We have been given a sense of “eternity in our heart” but we can never know it all. The hard earned wisdom is this: live each day well and to the full.
GOD PURSUES US WITH LIFE. WE ARE BUSY REJECTING OR ACCEPTING. WHAT MAKES YOUR SOUL WELL?
Dear God, my adversities and joys have taught me many things about the beauty of one day. Thanks. Amen.