Lent – Sunday – March 20

John 3:1-17

It is a beautiful winter day in Minnesota. The naked trees stand tall in the midst of a snow- covered field, glistening in the afternoon sun. It seems like a perfect January day. Then the wind comes and the tone of the day changes. The temperature drops, the sky grows gray, the wind howls. God’s Spirit is as powerful as a winter wind in Minnesota. Always present, it sometimes is gentle and at other times ferocious. God’s Spirit is alive and active in all seasons of the church year, but during Lent its presence is often mysterious and surprising. Our lives can become so absorbed with earthly things that we often miss the divine presence in our midst. During this Lenten season, be attentive to God’s Spirit.

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going…”

– John 3:8 NIV

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

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