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Lenten Devotions: "Buttons"

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.

ButtonsApril 12, 2014

"We tangle in why dress up in because
When below and above heaven's beside us
There for you night and day
Longing to be more then behave
Believe believe be Light be Love."
Lyrics from "Be Etc," by Peter Mayer

All the containers of buttons caught my eye when I visited Liberty London. Whenever I see cool things that like, I wish I could sew. Because if I could, I would sew the coolest buttons onto my coats and jackets. I'd spell out words and make very happening designs.

While I've never been perceived to be a "fashionista," I do appreciate nice-looking clothes and clothes that fit well. However, being 6' 5, along with the effects of gravity and my love of carbohydrates, is starting to work against me. I'm glad that I'm in a profession where I get to wear a big, white robe on Sundays.

 I really like what Peter is saying: "We tangle in why dress up in because/When below and above heaven's beside us."

So, heaven is beside us. And this coming week, which starts tomorrow on Palm Sunday, is a week in which all of our emotions, thoughts, and prayers get so intense as we make our way from the parade, to the upper room, to the garden, to the cross, to the empty tomb, and to the walk to Emmaus.    

It's at times like this that I know we all have our "to do" lists, but I'm hoping and praying that you and I can just "be" in the moment.

Photo: The display of buttons at Liberty London. (Courtesy of Pastor Ron Glusenkamp)


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