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Lenten Devotional – March 8, 2019

By: Margaret Z.

Readings: Exodus 6: 1-13; Acts 7:35-42; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

Life is a challenge! How often have we heard these words? Everyone faces times in their lives where circumstances go awry and we’re presented with a difficult task. For example, the other day a teenage girl whom I hadn’t met before, was distraught, so I asked her if I could help. She said that she had no meaning in her life, had little faith and didn’t know what to do or where to turn. What do you say to someone to comfort them, to ease their pain, a summation in one or two minutes, before she melts into your past? How do you lead this child out of despair, to tell her that she is surrounded by love, not only by those who care but by Our Father; that she is safe in God’s care and that God will be her guide. In our scripture reading Exodus 6:1-13, Moses has doubts about his leadership and appeals to God. Even Jesus expresses his deepest feelings to the Lord, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” It’s not about the past, or future, but the present. God is there for Jesus and Moses in the moment, to guide, to give strength and to lead. If we open our heart and mind to His ability to help us sort through our issues, we will find strength not thought possible. We do this through prayer.

Dear God, guide us to do good things, to help people, and to give them our strength to cope in time of need. Help us lead, mentor and teach our youth to become strong leaders. Please dear God, help this young teenager. Give her strength to find purpose, happiness in her daily life and guidance to help

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