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Lenten Devotions: "Encouragement"

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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EncouragementMarch 22, 2014

"Sing a song of love made new 
Born on this Christmas day 
Heaven and earth rejoice in the view 
When love is born anew 
Love is born anew
 
Flow river flow through highlands and     drylands
Raise blossoms where nothing could bloom
Come living waters and lift up your children
And nothing can come between us and you."
 
—Lyrics from "Love Is Born Anew," by Peter Mayer
 
One of my favorite angels made by Bethany member and metal artist Delia Stewart is called "Encouragement." This angel reminds me of Peter's great words about "highlands and drylands."
 
Lent is a time to walk and talk about one's spiritual landscape. How wonderful and hopeful it is that "love is born anew."
 
Each and every day no matter where we are or how we are feeling, "love is born anew."
 
I'm grateful for the opportunity to share these encouraging words with you. It is my hope and prayer that if you need a little encouragement, you'll take these words to heart. They are real. They are authentic. They are certain.
 
Photo of "Encouragement" sculpture courtesy of Ron Glusenkamp and Delia Stewart.

 

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