Lent Devotion, April 1, 2017

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It was time to wrap up the group’s day at the Donut Shop. Everyone agreed they wanted to meet again, so the pastor suggested a New Testament story they could talk about the next time, Matthew 15:21-28. Here’s what that passage says.

Jesus left that place, and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from the region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David, my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Gracious God, give us the heart of the Canaanite woman, that we might trust in the gifts you offer. Amen.

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