Lenten Devotional 2020

A gracious thank you goes out to the 40 members of the Lutheran Campus Ministry who answered the call to contribute to this devotional. We could not have done this without you!

We are thrilled to share these Lenten reflections with you, centered on the theme, Everything is Sacred. As students gather each day at Lutheran Campus Ministry for our Taste of Grace community lunch, I am reminded again and again that God meets us in the mundane: in bread and water, dirt and grass, hugs and pain.

St. Teresa of Avila instructed her sisters to recognize God in the most ordinary places of life. “When obedience calls you… into the kitchen, amidst the pots and pans, remember that our Lord goes along with you,” she wrote. So often, we overlook God’s presence in these lowly places, preferring to constrain the holy to what is beautiful or otherworldly.

In Lent, we are reminded that God chooses another way. As Jesus sets his face toward Jerusalem and the cross, we discover once again that God does not remain divorced from this world but humbles himself to take on our likeness. In the cross, he redeems all that God has made.

In this year’s devotional we ask: what if we understand church as more than a building, more than a liturgy, more than a gathering, but rather as the Body of Christ? A body made up of living, breathing, embodied, broken humanity redeemed by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Each of us is welcomed in to Christ’s body in Holy Baptism, in which God claims us and assures us of salvation which begins now – in this life, in the world around us.

This Lenten Devotional meets us at a human, elemental level. Members of the Lutheran Campus Ministry community reflect on how God meets us in the mundane. Each day will have a very basic theme, followed by a corresponding scripture verse and reflection.

Thank you for being a part of this community – a member of the Body of Christ. May God nourish your Lenten journey through these reflections and be revealed to you in the sacredness of daily life.

Rise

Rise

This passage gives me a vivid image of the psalmist. I imagine the person who wrote this verse rising before dawn and seeking out a remote and beautiful location like a forest or mountain top. As the sky lightens, the psalmist reaches out their hands and cries out to...

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Give

Give

In his book "Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace," Miroslav Volf identifies two false images of God that we find irresistible. The first is God the Negotiator, whose favor must be bought, who operates according to the law of quid pro...

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Kiss

Kiss

After six years in Egypt, I still had to think about who I was greeting.  Was she Syrian, Lebanese, Sudanese? If she was Egyptian, was she from Cairo or from the south?  Why did this matter? Because, when we greeted one another, it would be with a kiss; and...

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City

City

The city, like the Church, is a structure. Often referred to as a building, the Church is more than that. We are the Church—the people—built on one foundation, Jesus Christ our Lord. If we are the Church, what makes up the city?  Saint Augustine outlined an idea...

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Rest

Rest

What wearies you today? What burdens do you carry?  (Before you read on, take time to reflect on your answers.) Where do I find my peace? What is the rest I seek? (Stop. Reflect.) When our children were young my wife and I didn’t send them to bed with a book and...

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Pain

Pain

In the 16th chapter of John, we find Jesus foreshadowing his earthly exit to his disciples. He makes a point to contrast the pain and persecution that they will face in evangelizing with the joy and peace found in a life lived with the Holy Spirit and eventual eternal...

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