Thursday of Lent 2, March 1, 2018 Jeremiah 17:5-10
The Lord explains to Jeremiah and His people the severity and magnitude of their sin. Those who turn away from the Lord must perish. Only the person who trusts in God and follows His Word will survive in eternity. Today God continues to offer hope to people who turn away from sin and seek His forgiveness. They will be blessed and will flourish by His grace.1
How many times have we heard the saying, “confession is good for the soul.” True. It is good to clear the air and get things sorted out. But confession is only half of the equation. What is “truly good for the soul” is absolution, the Father’s forgiveness in Christ. When we come to our Lord asking for His forgiveness He will answer every single time. Thanks be to God for this wonderful gift!
Hymn: Praise the Almighty(Lutheran Service Book 797:2)
Trust not in rulers they are but mortal;
Earthborn they are and soon decay.
Vain are their counsels at life’s last portal,
When the dark grave engulfs its prey.
Since mortals can no help afford,
Place all your trust in Christ our lord,
Do not let me become discouraged or afraid, Father but fill us with courage from Your Holy Spirit.
O Lord, strong and mighty, Lord of Hosts and King of glory: Cleanse our hearts from sin, keep our hand pure, and turn our minds from what is passing away; so that at the last we may stand in Your holy place and receive Your blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen 2
1. Lutheran Study Bible © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
2. Collect for Thursday of Lent 2, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm