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Lenten Devotional – April 14, 2019

By: Jackson Droney

Readings: Luke 19:28-40; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14 – 23:56 or Luke 23:1-49; Psalm 31: 9-16

I think sometimes these days it can be hard to believe good things can happen. Every day it seems there is a torrent of bad or depressing news. Violence, betrayal, deceit, disaster . . . it all adds up and can feel paralyzing. Why bother being gracious when so many selfish people appear to do so well? Why bother following the rules when we see people break them with no apparent consequence? Why act with humility in a “hooray-for-me” culture?

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, it was the best news story in awhile. He rode a donkey and people cheered with joy as he passed. And while the crowd thought he would bring a political freedom, he was in fact bringing a more powerful kind. The freedom we experience in Christ liberates us from all the bad news and hardships of life. It breaks their hold over us.

We still face injustice and setbacks, disappointments and mistakes. But when we humble ourselves as Jesus humbled himself, when we serve as Jesus served, and when we trust in God the way Jesus did . . . .we discover a joy that transcends all the bad news of our day. A joy that will make “the stones cry out.

Gracious God, may we receive the joy you offer and may our lives radiate your freedom through acts of service and humility.

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