March 25, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 33



Monte Holland

This is the thirty-third in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 32

Today’s photographs feature Ligonier, PA, area United Methodist churches— Pleasant Grove in Pleasant Grove, and Waterford in Waterford. To view click on:

 Summary of Beatitudes Study

2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; 3and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not by ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stones but on tablets of human hearts. 4Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.   2 Corinthians 3:2-4 (NRSV)

     This scripture reading came to me in The Upper Room devotional for March 19, 2009. Devotional time helps to inform our living the Godly, moral life.

     The Beatitudes, in a sense, become the letters written on our hearts. It is as though we hope that if the surface of our heart were revealed by some spiritual MRI machine, there would be letters embedded in the surface—P for poor in spirit, M for mourner, H for meek (humble), T for thirsty for righteousness, C for compassionate (merciful), V for virgin (pure in heart), P for peacemaker, U for unfairly treated (persecuted), R for reproached, and G for glad (or Godly).

     We are a people of our time—living in the present and living out our faith in the midst of a fast-moving world. We are here to bridge the gap between full obedience to God and the world about us.

     The word for the day I write this (March 19, 2009) is compassion for those with head injuries: Natasha Richardson, a 45 year-old actress and daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, died yesterday of a head injury received while skiing; Ed, our close friend from Buffalo, who is dealing with a very serious head injury from a fall on ice; and a Neshannock (a township where I was a pastor between 1985-90) High School baseball player suffered a severe head injury from hitting a steel outfield fence while chasing a fly ball.

     We live in an intertwined world. God blesses us as we let those letters on our hearts become alive and active, and we become blessings in the lives of others. Natasha only informs my action, and I can only pray for her family. I can do no more than pray for the young man and his family that I do not know from Neshannock. In the case of Ed, it is time to write a personal letter to accompany prayers for Ed and his wife, Pat.

SPECIAL LINK: Online Sites for Caretakers & Families of Brain Injury Victims or

Exercise: As a recap for this week, identify the words associated with the letters I suggested could be spiritually imprinted on the Godly, moral person’s heart.

P __________________     H ____________________

T ___________________   M ____________________

C ___________________  V __________________

P ___________________   U ___________________

R ___________________   G ____________

The concluding seven lessons will be on the Lord’s Prayer and images of God and the moral life.

Continue on to the next lesson on A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: 34 by clicking on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 34


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