Monday March 6, 2017
The Fifth Commandment.
You shall not kill.
What does this mean?--Answer.
We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need [in every need and danger of life and body].
As we move into the first full week of Lent, perhaps we are already finding our Lenten discipline difficult – the fasting, prayer, and works of love. But those disciplines help us to fulfill the call of the fifth commandment. By fasting and giving the money saved to the poor, by praying for our brothers and sisters, by giving without acknowledgement, we are helping and befriending our neighbor in every need.
Prayer: Gracious God, grant us strength to persevere in our Lenten discipline, not to earn your love and grace, but to experience it more deeply and to share your bounty with those around us. 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.