Lenten Devotions: "Good to Have a Friend"
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).
Don't know what will be/Just around the bend/'Til I'm there/It's good to have a friend/So good to have my friend." --Lyrics from "Good To Have A Friend," by David Bailey and Peter Mayer
My wife, Sue Ann, and I were recently in Dublin. We traveled outside of the city and saw this great statue of St. Patrick. So, Happy St. Patrick's Day. I hope you all have a safe, wonderful, blessed, and joyful day.
If I could, I'd send each and every one one of you a loaf of some Irish Soda Bread. I recently baked some on my Traeger Grill. It came out very nice.
It's a simple recipe, and if you'd like to get a copy of it, just drop me a note.
Peter sings about how good it is to have a friend. If you are fortunate to have a dear friend, or friends, you know what a true statement that is. I'd also add how good it is to be a friend.
Sunday was a marvelous day. It was a full day at church. We had the Bethany College Choir as our guests at two services. Following worship we held part one of our First Communion experience event. We had three rotations: 1) Baptism, 2) Passover, and 3) Communion. I led the session on Holy Communion. During our time together, we talked about forgiveness of sins, grace, hope, and eating. I shared with the students and their parents that one of my favorite words is "companion." Right there in the middle of that word is the word for bread, "pan." A companion is literally "someone who breaks bread with you." Jesus calls us to be companions, to be friends (John 15:15).
Yesterday in church we heard these words in the Gospel lesson: "And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life."
May you celebrate a good friend today.
May you be a good friend to someone today.
May you enjoy love and happiness today.
Here's a lovely Irish Blessing for you, dear friends:
"May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand."
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