Lent Devotional – Ash Wednesday – March 9

Isaiah 58:1-12

On Ash Wednesday, worship leads us to contemplate the brevity of every life on earth. Even as we remember our mortality, we hear Isaiah’s words, calling us into the fullness, beauty, healing and light of earthly life. As we turn toward God’s creatures with love, seeking to provide what is needed for their lives, we discover that we have turned also toward God, who welcomes us with open arms. We humble creatures cannot control what lies beyond this world; that power belongs to God. The joy of our lives is serving one another, delighting in God’s presence and trusting in God’s future.

Prayer: Almighty God, may we fast this Lent from the pride and fear that keep us from one another. Help us recognize that true worship of you means true love for one another. Open our ears to hear you say, “Here I am” when we turn toward one another in generous love. Amen.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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