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Lenten Devotions: "Be"

This Lenten season, Bread Blog will be running a series of devotions written by Pastor Ron Glusenkamp, senior pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The reflections are based, in part, on the music of Peter Mayer, accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. The theme for this year's series is "Mighty This Love," named for one of Mayer's compositions (Listen to a special welcome message from Mayer).

This post is reprinted, with permission, from Glusenkamp's site, h20 devos. Audio podcast versions of the daily devotionals are also available.

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March 8, 2014

“Believe, be Light, be Love just because
/All along you’ve belonged
In this love song
/This now, befriend/Come what may, with your heart begin/
Believe Be Light Be Love.” Lyrics from Be Etc.,  by Peter Mayer

Tonight we are supposed to “spring forward” our clocks by one hour. I much prefer the “fall back” portion of this equation, because it seems that it takes much longer to adjust to the “loss” of 60 minutes than it does to deal with the “gain” of an hour in the fall.

Being cognizant of “losing” an hour tonight makes me feel somewhat unsettled and hurried. So, I start making my to-do list. But, then Peter’s words come to my mind and remind me to just “be.” Of course, some of you Type A people might suggest that it takes some doing just for you “to be.” Perhaps that is right because we are rather programmed to “do.”  Especially if you are a professional church worker or highly involved in volunteer activities at church or other non-profits. Peter’s song is inspired by St. Paul’s lovely little text message to the Ephesians: “
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

I believe that I’ve heard the following question several times leading up to Lent and then for the past few days: “What are you doing for Lent?” It is usually attached to another question, “What are you giving up for Lent.” While voluntarily giving up something for Lent is a wonderful tradition, lately it seems that we often want to give up something that we should have given up anyway (whether it is Lent or not). I’d like for us to think about this questionwhat is it that you will be for Lent?

I’d like to try this Lent to follow Peter’s invitation: 
Believe Be Light Be Love.”

So that when doubt and cynicism creeps in, that I would believe.

So that when there is darkness and the absence of hospitality and warmth that I would be light

And when there is hatred and fear, that I would have the courage to be love.

“Believe, be Light, be Love just because.”

 

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