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Lenten Devotion February 20

By: Monica Fitzgerald
Readings: Psalm 27; Psalm 118:26-29; Matthew 23:37-39

David spoke in Psalm 27: “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life… for in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling…”

How often do we all yearn to dwell in this safe place? In truth, I think on some level, always. Our worries may not be the same as those who are homeless, or of people fleeing violence, or of disenfranchised LGBTQ people, and others, but for all who seek shelter in our Lord’s house, I am reminded that we too have the power (and hopefully the grace) to offer ourselves as a home too. As Martin Luther wrote: “O dear Lord Jesus, for your head now will I make the softest bed. The chamber for this bed shall be, within my heart, inside of me.  And I… will sing for you a song, a soft and soothing lullaby, so sweet that you will never cry.”

Dear God, please help us all to be the same home of peace and comfort for others that we seek for ourselves. Amen.

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