Lent Devotion, April 14, 2017

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Jesus death and resurrection is God saying, “Now there is room for everyone.”

Do we say the same thing? Do we live in a way that welcomes those who differ from us? It’s very easy for me to say that the religious leaders in the time of Jesus missed what God wanted them to do. And it’s very easy for me to say that segregationist churches of more recent times missed what God wanted them to do. It’s easy to look back at history, and see mistakes that were made.

It’s not so easy, however, for me to know who I may be keeping out. It’s not so easy to recognize the doors I keep closed. It’s not easy to know who I may be turning away. It’s not easy to discern the changes to which the Spirit is calling the church. It’s much more comfortable just to keep things the way they have been.

But I wonder if things can be kept the same. For Christ has died, and Christ is risen. And his Spirit makes rooms for all.

Holy God, give us the wisdom to see where we need to change. And give us the courage to live what we see. Amen.

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