Lent Devotion, April 5, 2017

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(The group at the Donut Shoppe is discussing the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman. The group has noted that the disciples wanted to send the woman away; and that the Biblical voices of Jonah, Nehemiah, and Ezra would have agreed with them.)

Elizabeth said, “But there are other voices, like the story of Ruth. We talked about that book previously, and saw its word of welcome for a Moabite woman.”

Clint added, “And in the latter chapters of Isaiah, the prophet speaks the Lord’s word, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.’ (Isaiah 56:7) And Psalm 67 says, ‘Let your way be known upon earth, you’re saving health among all nations.’ (Psalm 67:2) And so Ruth, Isaiah, Psalm 67 take the stand: God’s grace is for the Canaanite woman!”

“And so in the Scriptures,” said Jensi, “we see a tension about who is in, and who is out. I wonder if that is why Jesus was silent when the Canaanite woman made her request. Is he running through the Scriptures, trying to figure out what God wants him to do?”

Holy One, life’s answers are not always simple. Send your Spirit to guide our minds, our thoughts, and our reflections. Amen.

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