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Lenten Devotions: "Long Arms"

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 staircase"Patient in winter's sting
Restless as coming spring
Oh.... Mighty this love
Oh.... Mighty this love
This love is ....
Strong enough to be weak
Brave enough to speak
These arms are longer than we can believe
Kind enough to lift you off your knees
Oh.... Mighty this love
Oh.... Mighty this love"

—Lyrics from "Mighty This Love," by Peter Mayer

I took the picture of the spiral staircase one evening while my wife, Sue Ann, and I were shopping at Fortnum & Mason in London. It is a very elegant store that has been in business since 1707.

I was standing at the top of the staircase and was just taken by the lovely scene. Way at the bottom of the steps, there is a table with all sorts of goodies on it.  I wanted to reach down and pick them up. Of course, that wasn't possible.

However, Peter's lyrics came to mind: "These arms are longer than we can believe/Kind enough to lift you off your knees."

That's what "mighty love" is all about. Long arms reaching out and drawing us into the circle of love and grace. I'm grateful for all the examples of "long arms" that have hung onto me throughout my 60 years. I'm thinking that today would be a good day to "reach out" and let them know how much they are loved. I encourage you to do the same.


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