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Man of Sorrows, People of Joy

by | Feb 25, 2023 | Hope, Trust, Waiting

“Out of the depths I cry to You, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If You, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness, that You may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” (Psalm 130 ESV)

Waiting. Hoping. Trusting. In the darkness of our lives, what do we have to hold on to? Jesus. The Lord has not forgotten us. He saw our need and came to save us.

During these weeks of Lent, we’ll see Jesus in action—teaching, healing, comforting, saving. As Isaiah promised, Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows—all the way to the cross (see Isaiah 53:4). And when He rose from the dead, He gave us life and joy forever.

May God make these weeks a time to see, as never before, how much He has loved us.

Prayer: Open my eyes, dear Lord, and help me to see Your heart. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
* Is waiting difficult for you?
* Why or why not?
* How do you lean on the Lord when you are suffering?

Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
Originally published in The Lutheran Hour on February 22, 2023
Used by permission from International Lutheran Laymen’s League, all rights reserved


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