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Lenten Devotional – Day 5 – Holy Week

Scripture: Matthew 25:40 – 

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

We enjoyed worshipping with a Navaho Indian congregation in Oklahoma and had eaten fry bread for lunch when I received a call from home. Although the news was sketchy, I learned that a tornado had hit our home church during the Palm Sunday worship service. I turned on CNN and it was surreal to see our
church and home on the news.

Later, I learned that among the 20 dead was my four-year-old daughter, Hannah.

During Holy Week, we retell the story of the suffering of Christ, with the fear and grief of the disciples who lose their teacher and friend. We felt as if we were living our own type of holy week, as we arranged different funerals and hospital visits. Several United Methodist ministers each took families in the congregation, and assisted with funerals and hospital visits.

We were eager for the message of Easter, and gathered in the parking lot of the church where we proclaimed that we were an Easter people. What
helped us heal was the hope of resurrection and the outpouring of love we received from God’s people through hugs, chainsaw crews, water, meals, and even fresh vegetables.

People suffer in large and small ways around the world, and God’s people can bring hope and healing through sharing. As Matthew 25:40 says, “Whatever you do for my people, no matter how unimportant they are, you do it for me.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for people who are not afraid to help friends and strangers who are suffering. Give us eyes to recognize how we can help. Amen.

– Dale Clem – Anniston, Alabama


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