Lenten Devotional: Love For Changing Times by Lin Clark

Over this Lenten season, the Spiritual Formation team at First Presbyterian Church in Bend put a call out to all to submit writings for a Lenten Devotional. I will do my best to post those here daily. You can also go to our website and access all of the devotions on a pdf file.

Here is the next submission:


Faith stabilizes us as we cope with changes not of our choosing. Christ’s
unconditional love evolved as He faced and met changes. As a twelve year
old boy learning from the rabbis, He could not know what lay ahead. What
was known was an intense desire to serve God by serving people, all people,
regardless of their circumstances.

So sure was He of God’s love that, being infused with the Holy Spirit, He was compelled to love others. Christ wasn’t deterred by differences. He wasn’t deterred by difficulties that confronted Him. He refused to be distracted from His purpose. Loving God fortified Him in the face of fate.

During Lent, we are reminded of the meaning of unconditional love. We are
reminded that Christ relinquished Himself to God even in the face of fear.
As He carried the back-breaking cross while being jeered by crowds, knowing
that He would be made to hang from it until dead, Christ persevered with
courage confident that God’s love would prevail.

Lent enables us to learn to relinquish ourselves to God anew. It is a time
to face changes confronting us, our country and our world. It is a time to
more fully learn to relinquish ourlselves to God and, being blessed with
unconditional love, trust that we can love unconditionally.

–Lin Clark


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