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Lenten Devotional – First Sunday in Lent

Lent 3I hope you’re taking time to rest and reflect today on this first Sunday in Lent.  

Here’s a quote about Sabbath to ponder.  You can also review this week’s thoughts and questions about the preparation for Resurrection Sunday by revisiting our devotional earlier this week for Day 1 – Ash Wednesday.

“A biblical theology of work also includes the explicit call for regular Sabbath rest, when we set our work aside and take time for leisure, recreation, worship and fellowship.  

We are not merely workers; rather we are children of God who are called to work.  

Our work is never the primary expression of our identity, and though regular Sabbath rest we re-establish our identity in God and in his love, acceptance and grace toward us (Exodus 31:13-17).”

-Gordon T. Smith in his book, Courage and Calling.

Exodus 31:13-17

13 You yourself are to speak to the Israelites: “You shall keep my sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, given in order that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.  14 You shall keep the sabbath, because it is holy for you; everyone who profanes it shall be put to death; whoever does any work on it shall be cut off from among the people.  15 Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall be put to death.  16 Therefore the Israelites shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout their generations, as a perpetual covenant.  17 It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”

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