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Lenten Devotional – April 11, 2019

By: Peggy Rainwater

Readings: Isaiah 53: 10-12; Hebrews 2: 1-9; Psalm 31: 9-16

“You crowned them with glory and honor. And put everything under their feet….God left nothing that is not subject to them.” Hebrews

The earth, the streams, plants, animals and other living beings, other humans. All this and more are related to us. They are ours to enjoy or to abuse.

We can create a society that appreciates all people and things around us. Or we can neglect and ignore them.

We can encourage research into ways to protect the air and the rivers, and then pay attention to that research or we can neglect the earth around us and pollute and destroy by our carelessness.

We can create societies that have boundaries on behavior to protect all individuals and give them basic rights to exist freely or we can draw lines between people giving privilege to the powerful.

We can have a country that celebrates the strengths of its people by welcoming all who wish to join and participate or we can create a country that walls off inhabitants by keeping out those who are different.

When we realize that God crowned us with honor and glory, the sweetness of life becomes apparent. We gain courage to protect the earth and its creatures.

“At present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews

This gives us strength.

Dear Lord, “Let your face shine on your servant; Save me in your unfailing love.” Give us strength to speak out and fight for a society that protects the rights of people and enhances their lives. Give us knowledge to protect the Earth. Give us soft hearts and strong wills Amen

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