Monday, 20 March 2017

Lenten Devotion - March 20th

(excerpted from free indeed: devotions for Lent 2017, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis)

The Lord's Prayer, The First Petition:

Hallowed be your name.

What is this? or What does this mean?

It is true that God's name is holy in itself, but we ask in this prayer that it may also become holy in and among us.

How does this come about?

Whenever the word of God is taught clearly and purely and we, as God's children, also live holy lives according to it.  To this end help us, dear Father in heaven!  However, whoever teaches and lives otherwise than the word of God teaches, dishonours the name of God among us.  Preserve us from this, heavenly Father!

To ponder:

Holy, holy, holy, my heart, my heart adores you.
My heart is glad to say the words: You are holy, God.
Santo, santo, santo, mi corazón te adora.
Mi corazón te sabe decir: Santo eres Señor.
  - Argentine traditional

Holy, holy, holy:

This traditional Argentinian hymn reminds us of the holiness of our God.  God's holiness does not mean that we cannot approach God, but that the one we know as the Ancient of Days is eternal and worthy of our deep respect and love.  This song praises, honours and blesses the name of the one we love.  The words remind us that we are called to lead lives that reflect God's holiness and way of being in the world.

To be holy means we are set apart for works of very and justice in the world.  Relating justly and honourably with all people is a value we cherish and teach.  Anything less is to harm our neighbour who is created in the image and likeness of God.  We pray that we might live faithful lives of service so that we may honour the name of the Holy One.


Sanctify me, O Lord, for your service.  Amen.

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