Lenten Devotional for March 1

Walk with HopedevoLight

Isaiah 9:2-7

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
—Isaiah 9:2

Reflect:

If I understand…the purpose of Christian spirituality, it is to nudge us over toward the hopeful side of life, to get us to look at life from the bright rather than the dark side. . . . As Douglas Steere would say, “Life’s interruptions often turn out to be God’s opportunities” . . . a walk through the shadows may be more revelatory than a stroll on the mountaintop.

Pray:

Dear God, Let us be fellow sufferers and harbingers of hope in our world.
May we not be so overwhelmed by the dark we cannot see the light.
May others know hope through us.
May we with our hearts love you,
With our minds seek you,
With our whole selves serve you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
—E. Glenn Hinson*

Respond:

Take a prayer walk around your neighborhood or workplace. Pray for the people you encounter and the activities that happen in these settings.


Credits: *From Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, “Suffering and Hope,” July/August 2003. Copyright © The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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