April 1st Lenten Devotional


Betsy Hoium

Psalm 41:1-3

In our congregation we have been dwelling in the themes in Luke, one of which is healing. Recently we had a panel discussion of people who work in health care. The panelists talked about their role in healing as a physician, a pediatric nurse and a marriage and family therapist, and how faith shapes what they do. We also asked the question, “Do miracles still happen?” and got a resounding “Yes!” from all three of them. Miracles happen all the time, often in small, subtle ways. The birth of a baby. A rare smile from a troubled youth who had considered suicide. One person shared how a child who was not expected to walk or talk had overcome the odds and was now entering college.

These stories of how God is at work in the world help sustain us in times when we feel overwhelmed, discouraged, depressed or hurting. These are the times that our faith may waiver or we may not be able to pray. So being part of a faith community who can pray for you is one of the many ways that the Lord sustains and heals us.

May the Lord bless you and keep you

May the Lord ‘s face shine upon you with grace and mercy

May the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen


God of understanding, give us the courage to slow down, focus on the people who are important in our lives and to dwell in your love for us. Amen.


Pastor Betsy Hoium serves at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

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