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Lenten Devotions: "Eden

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.

Baptismal_font"Ride the crazy wheel of the 21st century
Well, a million miles have come and gone
And there's nothing left to bleed
Bear the cross of freedom
It burns me like a brand
That's the price of miracles
The price of human demand
And the things I love they seem to allude me now
My time is raindrops falling on a rusty plow."
 
—Lyrics from "Last Train To Eden," by Peter Mayer, Roger Guth, Jim Mayer

This week, we find ourselves East of Eden. Due to our own choices and brokenness, we find ourselves outside of Paradise. The cheering that took place on Sunday is quickly turning to worry and fear.

The baptismal font pictured is from St. James Church, Piccadilly in London. It's the font where William Blake was baptized. I like it because you can see Adam and Eve next to the tree.

We are making our journey to another tree—the cross. Much has been written about how this "tree" is present or absent in many theologies, and even church buildings, today. Jesus knew loneliness. He knew abandonment. He felt betrayal, shame, and pain. This wondrous love we celebrate came at a cost.

Today, I'm meditating on the cost of discipleship. I'm grateful for what Jesus did for the world.

Photo: Baptismal font at St. James Church, Piccadilly, in London. (Courtesy of Pastor Ron Glusenkamp)

 

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