March 17th Lenten Devotional


Jennifer Dyer Boyd

Luke 14:25-35

 Did you ever have one of those days when you wanted to be a kid again – with no responsibilities to overwhelm you, no expectations to live up to, no schedules to keep?  As a kid, we couldn’t wait to grow up, but we didn’t realize then the price that maturity would exact.

I will admit that there are even times when I wish that I wasn’t a Christian.  Sometimes the weight of caring for and about others, the longing for justice, the drive for peace can be overwhelming and never-ending.  It can cost my heart a great deal to live this faith daily.

And yet…and yet…while these feelings do exist, there is a greater hope to which we are called.  I can’t imagine not caring, not having the ability to love and be loved.  It is then that I take a step back and remember that it is because of what Christ Jesus has already done, that I am blessed and strengthened to live this life of faith.  While there is a cost to following Jesus, what I receive is boundless.

We don’t do this “faith thing” on our own.  This is not a solitary path that we follow, but one in which we journey together.   We support and encourage one another.  We share our own faith joys and struggles.  We share the love of Christ that we have received with others and it is not lessened but multiplied.

The cost of discipleship may seem great, but the love of Christ is priceless.

Rev. Jennifer Boyd is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Brewster, NY

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