Sunday, March 12, 2017

Second Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in Lent, March 12, 2017 Psalm 121:8        

Psalm 121:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

8 The LORD will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and for evermore.

The seventh petition of the Lord’s Prayer is a summery in which we ask our Father in heaven t rescue us from the devil and all evil which has come into the world because of sin. 1

God’s protection will cover you at all times. He will bless your going out and your coming in. Today. Tomorrow. Forever. It is a practice within Judaism as a person leaves or enters the house, touches a small metal cylinder affixed to the right-hand door-post, containing a piece of parchment inscribed with Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and recites this verse. What does it mean that the Lord will keep you? Recall those times when you were reminded of God’s presence. How did His presence give your strength, encouragement, hope? Share this experience this week with a friend. 

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 2

[1] What kind of prayer is the Seventh Petition, Luther’s Small Catechism, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[2] Collect for Sunday of Lent 2,
Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

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