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Lenten Devotion March 15

By: Chelsey Christensen
Readings: Psalm 20; Judges 9:7-15; 1 John 2:18-28

Courage (as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
noun  cour·age  \ˈkər-ij, ˈkə-rij\
: the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous
: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

Courage (as explained by Henri Nouwen)
“The word ‘courage’ comes from ‘coeur’, which means ‘heart’. To have courage is to listen to our heart, to speak from our heart, and to act from our heart.”

When I think of courage, I often think of courageous acts or deeds. However, when reading today’s passages, I was drawn to the call in 1 John to “abide” and was struck by the courage that is required to do so. When have you last taken a moment to “abide in Him”?

I invite you to stop what you’re doing. Meditate. Listen. Breathe. Abide.

Abide with Me
Abide with me, abide with me
Don’t let me fall, and don’t let go
Walk with me and never leave
Ever close, God abide with me

Gracious Lord, during this season of Lent give us the courage to abide in You. Help us to sink more deeply into your open arms – surrounded by your love and grace. Give us the courage to “listen to our heart, to speak from our heart, and to act from our heart.” Amen.

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