Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Shrove Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Psalm 99:9

Shrove comes from the word shrive and refers to the absolution of a penitent’s sins. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is sometimes called "Shrove Tuesday" because of the custom of going to confession on that day, in preparation for Lent. Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, or eggs.

God is in the business of restoring His people. Our sins, our grief, and our sorrows, were laid on Jesus. The judgment we deserved fell on Him. The life of God’s own Son was “cut off.” Then, on the third day, Christ rose from the dead to offer us the gift of eternal life. He offers Himself to you, and He says, I will restore you. The Psalmist makes mention of this when he says, “He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3) A shepherd protects his sheep and keeps them alive by his care. The Good Shepherd does even more. He cares for every human need. Ultimately, Christ alone restores our soul as He sacrifices His life for His sheep. (John 10:11) During our journey through Lent, think of the ways God is restoring you. What does it mean for you to be restored by God? 

Hymn:Alleluia, Song of Gladness (Lutheran Service Book 417:1)
            Alleluia, song of gladness,
                 Voice of joy that cannot die;
            Alleluia is the anthem Ever raise by choirs on high;
                 In the house of God abiding Thus they sing eternally

God of infinite mercy,grant that we who know Your compassion may rejoice in Your forgiveness and gladly forgive others for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior who is alive with You and the Holy Spirit,one God now and forever.[1]

[1] Collect for Shrove Tuesday Web http://liturgy.co.nz/shrove-tuesday

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