Thursday March 2, 2017

Lenten Devotion : Thursday March 2, 2017

The Second Commandment.

You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.

What does this mean?--Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.


As we wash a few remaining ashes off our heads this morning, the hard work of Lent begins. The turning around, the fasting, the prayer, the works of love. We look around at all the crutches we have built up so we might pretend to rely on ourselves rather than on God. We start throwing them away – the curses, the lies, the self-help books, the astrology, the psychology. All we are left with is praise and thanksgiving to the One on whom we truly depend.

Prayer: Holy God, remove all the distractions from my life, all the ways I rely on myself rather than you. Grant me trust in you and your promises. Amen.

Greetings and peace be with you,

Throughout Lent, the Lutheran Camping Corporation will be sending out daily devotions for your use. We invite you to read and reflect upon these devotions as part of your Lenten discipline.

This devotion, written by Pastor Clifton Eshbach, includes one of the texts from the daily lectionary in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, as well as some prayers and hymns from ELW that may be used in your Lenten discipline of study and reflection.