Introduction to Lenten Devotions

The first description of the brand new church in Acts 2 begins, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles ' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).  For centuries until now, the coming together to have conversations around the apostles' teaching, fellowship and prayers have all take place with the community gathered face-to-face.  Now, conversations, fellowship and prayers can also happen online.  We still need to get together to break bread, but let's use this wonderful new way to be together around the rest of the activities of the church.  

A few weeks ago, Lynda Lindsey showed me a couple things she had written and asked for ideas on sharing them.  This devotional is the outcome of that conversation.  I am blessed to be the pastor of an amazing little church.  Our people have a wealth of spiritual maturity and insight with a great knowledge of and love for Scripture and the Lord.  Every week, we are blessed to come together and share stories of what the Lord is doing and saying with each of us – all with a great spiritual insight and wisdom.  My heart as a pastor is to find avenues for us to share our wisdom and encouragement of what the Lord has done.  This is just such an effort.

Forty days is a significant period of time, including for Jesus.  He spent forty days in the wilderness waiting on God before he began his ministry.  The liturgical calendar has us prepare for the coming of Christ to Jerusalem, beginning Holy Week and culminating in the death and resurrection of Christ for our salvation. 

We don’t wait alone.  We have each other, and we prepare together.  I’m so very glad, and I’m amazed at the insight and faith represented in this devotional. 

May you be truly blessed as we wait for Holy Week together,

                                    -Pastor Eric Amundson