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Lenten Devotional – March 17, 2020

Sarah Johnson

Genesis 29:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4; Psalm 81 

“In your distress you called and I rescued you…” (Psalm 81:7) 

This phrase caught my attention and made me think about what it looks like to be rescued by God. There are stories and jokes (the man on a roof in a flood who, in some tellings, passes up help from weather warnings, a helicopter, a canoe, etc., only to drown and have God question why he didn’t take any of the help he sent) that highlight how we might not always notice the package the help arrived in. As is true for most anything, I have related that back to an episode of “The West Wing”, and this story shared to highlight that sometimes the help or rescue comes in the form of someone in our lives that has made it out of a similar darkness before: This guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can’t get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey you, can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up “Father, I’m down in this hole, can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me, can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out. 

Lord, as we continue to follow this path through Lent, we ask for the strength to seek help when we need it, and for the wisdom to see it when you’ve presented it to us in a package we might not expect. May we be able to offer our experiences in a way that can comfort and support those around us. Amen.

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