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Lenten Devotions: "Sing Joy"

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.

Photo courtesy of Pastor Ron Glusenkamp


March 20, 2014
"These days of winter have come to bury you
No sign of spring and no promise to carry you
No flowers blooming in your window sill
And the beat of your heart is too still...Oh sing

Joy, joy, joy in the morning
Joy, joy in the afternoon
Joy, joy, joy for the child is born
This night the promise is given to you."
—Lyrics from "Sing Joy," by Peter Mayer

One day, while I was up in the mountains, I took a photo of the snow. The words of Peter's song "Sing Joy" were going through my head. Now, where you live maybe it still looks like the photo above. Or perhaps it never looks like this where you live. Maybe, this is how you feel deep down in your soul. As Peter sings, "No sign of spring and no promise to carry you."

Now, if your spiritual life has always been a "day at the beach," then good for you—and remember to put on sunscreen. However, if you have felt some "winter" or "cold days" in your walk with God, today's devo is for you.

If you feel chilly, my prayer for you is that the Light of Christ will bring some warmth to your life. If you are feeling like things are too heavy or perhaps too dark, then my hope for you is that someone will let their light shine and help carry your load.

"Through trials and darkness fear and temptation
You look for deliverance and some revelation
With no song of spring you wait for the call
Could there be nothing at all... Oh Sing

Joy, joy, joy in the morning
Joy, joy in the afternoon
Joy, joy, joy for the child is born
This night the promise is given to you"
And to those of you who feel God's gracious rays of love and peace, let it shine on those who live in the shadows.


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