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The Lutheran Center

2022 LC Lent Devotional

Created by:   Emma Grinde
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy MST) Writers
03/02/2022 (Wed.)

Isaiah 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.

Context: The people are going through the motions of faith - having festivals and rituals of faith, but injustice is rampant in their community and God finds their worship empty.

Jo Sheets
03/03/2022 (Thu.)

Isaiah 1:16-17 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

Context: What was once pleasing to God (sacrifices, offerings, prayers) are no longer pleasing: they have become empty because worship is not accompanied by actions of justice.

Archer Mumm
03/04/2022 (Fri.)

Isaiah 2:2 In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.

Context: “In those days” is an indefinite future: this is a vision for the future where all will come to the God's house. All are welcome

Sunni Richardson
03/05/2022 (Sat.)

Isaiah 2:4 God shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Context: Implements of death become tools for life

Jenna Olson Popp
03/07/2022 (Mon.)

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Context: God calls Isaiah: the people are not living in the covenant relationship with God and God calls Isaiah to speak to them on God's behalf

Nichole Lyons
03/08/2022 (Tue.)

Isaiah 9:4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Context: Tools of oppression will be destroyed

Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman
03/09/2022 (Wed.)

Isaiah 9:5-6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, & there shall beENDLESSpeace

Context: the people have been conquered by people who treat them horribly, God is bringing forth a vision for a wise and discerning leader who will bring peace.

Heidi Price
03/10/2022 (Thu.)

Isaiah 11:1,3 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear.

Context: Even from a tree that has been cut down; a stump, God can bring life and will bring new life from the line of Jesse. The one God is raising up will judge not by human ways.

Casey Kingsley
03/11/2022 (Fri.)

Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; God has become my salvation.

Context: God brings salvation, God is worthy of praise. There is not need for fear, because God is faithful.

Abbey Kneale
03/12/2022 (Sat.)

Isaiah 12:4-5 And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on God's name; make known God's deeds among the nations; proclaim that God's name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for God has done gloriously; let this be known in allTHEearth

Context: We are called to proclaim the message of God’s saving work.

Whitney Schwisow
03/14/2022 (Mon.)

Isaiah 25:6-7 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And God will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is...

Context: God will host a banquet for all peoples. The mountain may be considered a place where heaven and earth meet.

Karleen Kolar
03/15/2022 (Tue.)

Isaiah 25:7-8 Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for God, so that...

Context: Though we wait, the salvation of God is coming. We rejoice, trusting in the deliverance God has promised.

Ali Steger
03/16/2022 (Wed.)

Isaiah 35:1-2 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom, like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and...

Context: Those who have been in exile will be set free, even creation rejoices.

Hannah Molskness
03/17/2022 (Thu.)

Isaiah 40:3-4 A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the...

Context: The exiles in Babylon will return to Jerusalem - echoing the exodus out of Egypt & into the promised land from generations before. It will be as though the mountains are brought down: a way made in the wilderness back to the land they came from

Brian Maas
03/18/2022 (Fri.)

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.

Context: The promises of God endure. Everything else will fade away, but God's promises endure.

Matt Price
03/19/2022 (Sat.)

Isaiah 40:11 God tends the flock like a shepherd: gathering the lambs in God's arms and carries them close to God's heart; gently leading the mother sheep.

Context: God nurtures like a shepherd

Julianna Peters
03/21/2022 (Mon.)

Isaiah 42:3-4 A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait forHISteaching

Context: The servant God is raising up will only bring life and healing – not destruction or harm. Nothing is beyond repair, not even a bruised reed.

Jessica Sorsen
03/22/2022 (Tue.)

Isaiah 42:6-7 I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the...

Context: God brings good news, God keeps the covenant with the people. God will bring freedom for those in captivity

Mikylea Isidore
03/23/2022 (Wed.)

Isaiah 42:9 See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

Context: God saves and brings new life: God is doing something new

Courtney Nelson
03/24/2022 (Thu.)

Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

Context: God will reveal treasures only God can see, that only God knows about (none of the gods the people are following while in exile have the power to do so)

Ray Nierman
03/25/2022 (Fri.)

Isaiah 45:5-6 I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no othe

God’s actions will speak for God’s character and the people will know God remains faithful (the Hebrew for "arm" can also be: gird, encompass, equip)

Jon Fredricks
03/26/2022 (Sat.)

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning God wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.

Context: Those who follow God listen and learn from God. God provides what sustains.

Emily Donnell
03/28/2022 (Mon.)

Isaiah 50:7 The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

Context: Our victory and success are not measured by our culture’s standards: we are not put to shame, because of who God is, not by what we can earn or do.

Amanda White
03/29/2022 (Tue.)

Isaiah 51:1-2 Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I...

Context: Abraham was only one person and is now has many descendants and is a part of the family of God. A rock does not come from nowhere – it comes from the quarry.

Lauryl Hebenstreit
03/30/2022 (Wed.)

Isaiah 51:3 For the Lord will comfort Zion; God will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song

Context: At God's doing the places that are barren and dry will become refreshed and green with life

Melissa Graue
03/31/2022 (Thu.)

Isaiah 51:4-5 Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples. I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, my salvation has gone out and my arms will rule the peoples...

Context: God calls for the people to listen to what God proclaims: pay attention. There is a movement from "my nation" "the peoples" to "the nations" - God's promises are not just for a chosen few, but for all.

Jacob Krueger
04/01/2022 (Fri.)

Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and those who live on it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be forever, and my...

Context: There is evidence of what God has done: look and see. Though there are things that seem permanent, like the earth - it will eventually wear out. The promises of God, the salvation God provides will not wear out.

Ryan Martz
04/02/2022 (Sat.)

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Context: God's invitation is to everyone: the word that God provides is nourishing like wine and milk. God's grace is not for sale, it is a free gift for all who hunger and thirst.

Jason Davis
04/04/2022 (Mon.)

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

Context: We are invited to consider why we spend money on that which doesn't satisfy our hunger. God's word is what nourishes.

Bridget Jones
04/05/2022 (Tue.)

Isaiah 55:7 let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for God will abundantly pardon.

Context: God offers forgiveness and grace, we are called to repentance and guaranteed forgiveness.

Emma Grinde
04/06/2022 (Wed.)

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Context: God does not think and act in the same way that humans do. God's ways are above our ways.

Maysyn Sorensen
04/07/2022 (Thu.)

Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my...

Context: God's word is compared to bread, God's word sustains. God's word goes out and will succeed in what God sends it for.

Timothy Koester
one of my favorite passages
04/08/2022 (Fri.)

Isaiah 56:3,5 Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and do not let the eunuch say, “I am just a dry tree.” I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than...

Context: The promise here, for the foreigner and the eunuch, is inclusion. God welcomes them. The eunuchs have the promise of an everlasting name, better than sons and daughters that they can no longer have

Brandon Unverferth
04/09/2022 (Sat.)

Isaiah 56:8 Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

Context: God will not cut off the outsiders, instead: God gathers them in, adding to those God has already gathered

Kim Hall
04/11/2022 (Mon.)

Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

Context: God is guiding, bringing what is needed.

Rebecca Rockefeller
04/12/2022 (Tue.)

Isaiah 58:12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

Context: from the beginning of this section in chapter 58: when the Israelites not only worship, but actually live and act with justice then God's promises in verse 12 will come into being.

Zach Kneale
04/13/2022 (Wed.)

Isaiah 61:8-9 For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among...

Context: God is committed to justice. What God provides is not based on human faithfulness, God fulfills the covenant God made with Abraham to the nations because of who God is. All people will be blessed through them.

Matt Schur
04/14/2022 (Thu.)

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for God has clothed me with the garments of salvation, covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns...

Context: Here salvation and righteousness are visioned as garments that God clovers and clothes the speaker with. The speaker is dressed as radiantly as a groom and a bride are.

John Grinvalds
04/15/2022 (Fri.)

Isaiah 64:7-8 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.Yet, O Lord, you are our Father, we are the clay, and you are our potter...

Context: As clay is dependent on the potter, it is God who forms and shapes us.

Travis Kahl
04/16/2022 (Sat.)

Isaiah 65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.

Context: God is creating new life, the good and bad of old will not be remembered. Not an otherworldly transformation, this will happen right here in our lives.

Adam White
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