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Lenten Devotions: "One Peace"

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.

* 'Peace' photo (c) 2011, Kelly Hunter - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Wednesday, March 12

"And I'm Still in One Peace/Still in One Peace/We are blessed, we are broken/Every day a chance/To be/One together again." —"Still in One Peace," by Peter Mayer

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7).

I just love Peter's line, "we are blessed, we are broken." Those six words accurately describe what Martin Luther and the Reformers (sounds like the name of a group, doesn't it?) described as "simul justus et peccato," which means, at the same time justified and a sinner. We have then shortened that translation to "saint and sinner."

So, in one piece we are sinner and saint. And because of that designation we have "one peace" in Jesus Christ.

The members of our Faith Formation team at church have t-shirts that read "Saint" and "Sinner," depending on how one sees it.

It isn't one or the other, it is "both," it is "and."

Today is a good day to acknowledge your saint/sinner identity. May it hold you in one peace.


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