Lent Devotion, March 11, 2017

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(Jensi’s pastor continues the story of his encounter with a stranger.)

“As the stranger drove off, I walked up my driveway, thinking of the words, ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it.’ In my hands were the gifts the stranger had given me.”

“What were those gifts? I’ve been waiting to hear about them,” said Jensi.

“One was a cigarette lighter. The other was an old, beat up key.”

Jensi said, “Those are odd things to give to someone you never met.”

“They are indeed,” replied the pastor. “But I found myself thinking: a lighter—do we not call Jesus the light of the world? And a key—do we not say that Jesus has the keys that open the way to eternal life?”

Jensi asked, “So are you saying the strange man was an angel?”

“I don’t think so. At least not in the supernatural sense of the word. Yet angel means ‘messenger of God.’ And in his own weird way, this stranger recalled for me the blessing of God: Jesus is the light who releases us from death.”

Lord, keep us open to hear your word, which sometimes comes in unexpected ways. Amen.

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