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Hello Good Shepherd!

We are going to be working on various ways to stay connected to you all during this unusual time.  One way will be through this (nearly) Daily Devotional to your inbox, and copied here where you have the opportunity to contribute comments and responses to the reflection questions.

Another is through a weekend message, like Pastor Alex did this past weekend. We are continually talking as a staff as to the best ways to keep in contact and support you all in the midst of these days.  

Additionally, the 2020 Lenten Devotional which was written by our members, is available here on the website, just follow this link to the Publications page.

Peace,

Pastor Heidi Johns

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Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

April 6, 2020

Daily Devotion Monday In Holy Week

John 12:1-11

    Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6 (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it[c] so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

      9 When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

   This is the scripture reading assigned for Monday in Holy Week.  In John’s Gospel it was when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead that the Chief Priests’ plan to put Jesus to death was set in motion.  While that dreadful scheme was taking shape, we also have this tender scene of Jesus enjoying dinner with his friends.  During that dinner Mary anoints Jesus’ feet.  She was, no doubt, grateful that Jesus had given her brother Lazarus back to her and her sister Martha.  I suspect it was out of pure love and gratitude that she takes what must have been her most valuable possession, a pound of costly perfume, and offers it to Jesus in this beautiful gesture. 

    As we enter into this holy time, where do you find your gratefulness and love for Jesus welling up?  Is there a tender prayer or gentle action you can take as a way to thank him for his boundless love for you?  Can you love your neighbor (even the neighbor you are sheltering in place with) as though you were loving Christ?

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