Lenten Devotional 2021

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!

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Back when I was in college, I helped out on a Lenten devotional with this same theme: the many metaphors and names for God. I was astounded by just the sheer number of ways of understanding God there were and how many went unused by the church at large. However, as evidenced in this devotional, unused does not mean unappreciated. No, all of these names for God are special and sacred, and I will bet that, like our writers, many of these hold special significance for you too.

Perhaps the greatest gift of all these names is that they show the different ways we understand God. Whether from some of the popular ways like “Shepherd,” or from some of the uncommon ones like “Smeller,” these metaphors open our hearts and minds to the many ways that God interacts with us. And in Lent, a time for self-reflection, we wanted to lift up these metaphors and names as an offering for broadening your understanding of God. To give shape to your image of God, and to offer some insights as to how God is at work in our world and in our lives through these different means. It is a chance to consider what God means to you, and perhaps to find either new vocabulary for it, or affirmation in an old favorite.

So, enjoy these devotions. Each one contains a word, a metaphor or name, followed by a verse and a reflection from a member from our community, whether a current student, faculty, alumnus, board member, partner congregation leader, or friend of the ministry.  I encourage you all to ponder, pray, and take to heart these metaphors. Some may be odd, some may be inspirational, and you may find one that makes more sense than you ever thought it would. 

Thank you for being a part of our ministry, and blessings upon you in your Lenten journey.

Vicar Leif Kratzke Nelson 
Intern 2020-2021, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Madison

 

If you would like a copy of the devotional booklet sent to you, please email info@lcmmadison.org and specify if you need regular or large print and if you would like it emailed or mailed.  

Love

Love

God is love. This Mama who once had to bury her own baby wants to know how we know. I had been told that God is love since I went to Sunday School where a teacher with missing front teeth and a black men’s stocking cap and an old wool coat with mismatched buttons...

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Ancient One

Ancient One

https://youtu.be/ZBLGieLLw7g During the pandemic, my family has taken to visiting state parks near Madison. In early November, on an unseasonably warm day, we drove out to Devil’s Lake for a picnic and short hike. Along the trail, I stopped to read an informational...

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Smeller

Smeller

Smiles. Wrinkled noses. Watering Eyes. Memories. These are just a few of the things that smells can conjure up. They can remind you of a place and time and transport your mind there. They can warn you of impending danger. Smells are powerful, and they evoke reactions....

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Silence

Silence

God is silence. Words communicate, but so does silence. Silence can create a space where we are allowed to rest. “My soul in silence waits,” the Psalmist writes. God invites us to God’s presence even when words are absent. Think of those times a friend was willing to...

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Breath

Breath

Take a slow, deep breath. Yes, right now. This sentence will be here when you’re done. And another one. We breathe all day long, even when we’re not paying attention to it. Similarly, God is with us all day long, even when we’re not paying attention to God. God is as...

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Word

Word

https://youtu.be/eCyO7Nqq3Pc As human beings are wont to do, we often make the mistake of believing that we are the light of the world. And are we really surprised that we are offended by others when they do not believe as we do! Or, perhaps, we stumble when we...

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