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Lenten Devotions: "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.

Candles(
Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)
 
 
March 15, 2014
 
"What if Love was a shepherd's eye/Could see one lost for the 99/And faith and hope were a tiny seed/That could bloom into a family tree.
 
I've believed betrayed swayed and discussed/Still I feel like a wrapped up Lazarus/Haven't made sense of the mystery/But it makes sense to me/
 
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." Lyrics from "Still in One Peace," by Peter Mayer
 
Peter puts forward a bunch of images in these few lines. We have the story of The Lost Sheep (Luke 15) and the 99 safe in the pen. There is the image of the power of faith, moving mountains (Luke 17:6). There is the confession of sins like we have in Psalm 51.
 
Next there is the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead (John 11). Last, but not least, we have a reference to mystery. "Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly place" (Ephesians 3).
 
The song and our lives are all held together by the belief that because of God's grace and love, we are held together in "one peace." "For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us." (Ephesians 2:14)
 
On Thursday, I was re-reading Parker Palmer's book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, when these words jumped off the page for me:
 
"As I learn more about the seed of the true self that was planted when I was born, I also learn more about the ecosystem in which I was planted- the network of communal relations in which I am called to live responsively, accountably and joyfully with beings of every sort. Only when I know both seed and system, self and community, can I embody the great commandment to love both my neighbor and myself."
 
I like to call Lent "spring training for Christians." It's a time to work on the basics, the fundamentals of faith. Today is the day to work on peace and also let it work on you and me.

 

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