Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s Reading:  Ephesians 5:8-14

Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, expose them.”  – Ephesians 5:8b-11

In our Baptism, Christ has called us out of darkness into His marvelous Light.  Walking as children of the light we can see the world differently.  Sin is illuminated in our world and in our own lives.   We can identify the ways of darkness, expose them, and reject them.  Awareness of our sin points us back to our Baptism where we were washed clean and made children of the Light.  Through our baptism, the Holy Spirit enables us to discern what is pleasing to God and helps us point others to the Light.  As we share the Light of Christ to the fallen world around us, we bear fruit.   As we walk this Lenten journey to Golgotha, we walk in daily repentance and faith.  We are awakened!  Our sins are exposed by the Light of Christ and we now reflect that light which shines in the darkness of our world, exposing its sin and leading others to Christ who forgives all sin.  May the Holy Spirit, guide and protect us as we illumine the darkness!

Prayer: Awake, O sleeper, rise from death, And Christ shall give you light; So learn His love, its length and breadth, Its fullness, depth, and height  (Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death, LSB 697:1).

This devotion was written by Rev. Michael Kolesar – Pastor of St. James Lutheran in Victor.

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