Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Todays Reading: John 9:1-17

“It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” – John 9:3

In the midst of human tragedy and suffering, God works miracles – every day. But there are cancer, ALS, school shootings, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes; people hurt, people suffer, and people die. Why? Not because they have committed a particular sin. But so “the works of God might be displayed” in them. Jesus restored the blind man’s sight. Then He restored his spiritual sight. The formerly blind man witnessed firsthand Jesus’ love. He then told others how he received his sight. God uses your works of mercy to comfort the sick, the suffering, and the dying. God uses your works of mercy to rebuild schools, villages, cities. But God uses you, who have received spiritual sight, for an even greater work. Using people like you who have witnessed His great love, who testify of His love in your life, who speak of His unconditional love in Jesus Christ, God rebuilds broken lives. Using people like you, God gives new life to others as you tell how Jesus gave new life to you. “[God] comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4-5).

Prayer: O God, O Lord of heaven and earth, Thy living finger never wrote That life should be an aimless mote, A deathward drift from futile birth. Thy Word meant life triumphant hurled In splendor through Thy broken world. Since light awoke and life began, Thou hast desired Thy life for man. (O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth, LSB 834:1).

This devotion was written by Rev. Terry Small – Pastor of St. John Lutheran in Homestead and The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Wellman.

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