Friends, the earlier publication of today’s devotion had an incorrect scripture quotation in it.  Below is the corrected copy.  (ed.)

Joel 2.1-2, 12-17

     Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near–a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness spread upon the mountains a great and powerful army comes; their like has never been from of old, nor will be again after them in ages to come. Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD, your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy.   Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep. Let them say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'”


From Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

And we are being called together!  A solemn assembly of God’s very own (infants, youth and those who have the Gift of Years) is called into being.  Thus holy Lent is a time of great gathering of Christ’s Church.  The corporation of Christ’s own is being reconstituted in the great anticipation of God’s grace and forgiveness.  We are not just being called into a private time of reflection and examination.  No, the community of the baptized is being called collectively to turn to God and to avail ourselves of all that God wants us to have and to experience.  Even in the midst of a world that too often makes no sense. our God calls us home to grace, mercy, halted anger, and abundant steadfast love.  Together we are called towards God in these important and life giving holy days.  Let us go together.

Receive us dear God as your body comes together to love you and to be loved by you.