Monday, March 25, 2013

Imagine No Malaria-Lenten Devotion Day 41: March 25

Monday, March 25, 2013: The Fountain of Life 

Psalm 36:5-11 “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.” 

As we journey through Holy Week we certainly are reminded of God’s great love for all people in that Jesus gave His life so that all who believe in Him will have new life. But sometimes we may wonder does God really love me? Does God really care about what is happening in my family or my community? I have seen the love and strength of God moving through people who have been asked to show Godly love to others by participating in the Imagine No Malaria project. 

When presented with the opportunity to help show God’s love by eliminating death by Malaria in Africa, the two small churches I serve decided to set goals at twice the asked for level of saving 10 lives per worshiping member. Both of my churches ended up with goals at saving 20 lives per worshiping member. These folks worship in small aging congregations served by a part time pastor. They could have said someone else can meet this great need, but they didn’t. They know God’s love and faithfulness has no limits. They know the one who is the fountain of life and allow the light of Jesus to shine through them. As they participated in this opportunity to share God’s love around the world they each have been reminded that God cares for others just as God cares for them. 

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for loving us so much you allowed your Only Son Jesus to die for our sins. Thank you for allowing us to know your love through Jesus’ Resurrection. Thank you for providing ways we can show our love to You and to Your people around the world by participating in such great ministries as Imagine No Malaria. Amen. 

Rev. Alan Bolte, District Superintendent North Star District, Minnesota Conference 

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