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Lenten Devotions: "You Are There"

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. This post is reprinted, with permission, from Glusenkamp's site, h20 devos. Audio podcast versions of the daily devotionals are also available


St-martin-in-the-fieldsMarch 6, 2014

"It's been a long, long road but I'm coming back to find you/Took hold of my heart long ago wanna be back beside you/It's been a long, long road but I'm coming back to find you/One sound came a-tumblin' down Jericho/Breaking the walls that bind you." —Lyrics from the song "Musicbox," by Peter Mayer, Jay Oliver, and Chris Walters

The picture accompanying today's devotion is of the window at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. 

I like the window a great deal. As I sit in morning prayer, I look up at it—is it an egg, a seed, or flying saucer? Some days I can see a cross. Maybe it's a womb, or a tomb. I guess it depends on one's mood and perspective.

In the introduction to his song "Musicbox," Peter Mayer says, "This is a looking-back song." Peter sings about the journey—so often you have to look back to go forward. Like the lovely window at St. Martin's, how one "sees" this song or hears it depends on one's perspective.

It could be a song about the distance between lovers. It could be about a believer's quest for God. Perhaps it is a love song sung by God indicating God's intentionality to find us no matter where we have gone.

"Wanna be back beside you/It's been a long, long road/But I'm coming back to find you."

If you are feeling lost, then this is good news for you. 

Psalm 139 reveals this truth: "Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast." 

Today, be on the lookout for a God who "breaks down the walls that bind you."


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