Reflections (Lent Devotion) - Sunday, April 21 (Easter)

lutheran indian ministries lent devotions 2019

Reflections

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor." (Luke 4:18-19)

When was the last time you looked at yourself in the Mirror? Or your reflection in the water? Looked deep into your eyes? What do you see? Who do you see? Do you see a broken person or a child of God?

Often, the people we minister to through Lutheran Indian Ministries have been hurt by the people around them, and it is our privilege to help them find healing and realize their value in Christ. Sometimes, we, as Christians, need the same reminder.

The last 40 days were about reflection and repentance, but today is about forgiveness and freedom!

God knows our flaws and our shortcomings. He knows our broken pieces and damaged parts, but He loves us anyway. That is a reason to celebrate!

Today is the day we get to celebrate our new future with Christ for eternity. It is time to walk in freedom. The stone has been rolled away! He is Risen! Alleluia!

Lord Jesus, you are the King! You are the one who died for me and took my sins to the grave with you! Forgive me for living in fear instead of freedom. Help me, guide me into the light in order to be the person who you created me to be! Help me to have life today and to fully love myself as you have loved me! In Jesus' name, Amen.

Vicar Rick McCafferty (Inupiaq/Cherokee)
Vancouver, Washington & Anchorage, Alaska