Lent 2020: Week 5 – Release

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Matthew 10:29-31

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

In the devotional pamphlet for today (page 31), Rev. Sam shares a story of a member (Betty) of her church, referred to as a saint. The church had ask her along with others to participate in a series called, “My Story, My Song.” Betty, who was a widowed 89 year old woman, talked about losing her husband and her best friend. An emptiness for sure but this lady was still active, visited home-bound friends, baked cakes and candy, attended church, Sunday school and bible studies. She told a story that one day she was outside raking leaves and heard geese flying over, she paused to look at them and saw that two geese were missing from the “V” formation. She immediately thought to herself, “If the geese can keep moving on, I can too.” Her chosen song was “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”

This story reminds me that no matter what happens in life, we can handle it as long as we have God. Sometimes it takes something like a gaggle of geese to remind us, we are stronger than we believe.

Practice:

• Reflect on your story.

• Do you have moments of RELEASE that might help someone else?

• Listen to or sing, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”

Friends, please feel free to share your song and story!

My song is, “In the Garden,” I have loved it since I was a child. I love the new contemporary Christian music but my first love was traditional hymns. Two of my cousins (Terry & Teresa) and I would sing a cappella at our church when we were just kids. Not sure we were any good but it sure felt good at the time. Such fond memories. The most difficult thing I’ve faced in life is the passing of my mother. She was the bravest and strongest person I knew. She was smart, intuitive, and resourceful. She was self-disciplined and responsible. She loved her family and her family loved her. She was only a few months from retirement when Jesus called her home. Though I did not realize it at the time, my mother was still able to teach me things beyond the grave. I’ve grown in more ways than I ever imagined possible, I’m stronger than I believed, and I am loved beyond measure by God, my friends and my family. Whenever, I hear or sing, “In the Garden” it’s like watching 8mm films of my childhood. I thank God for watching over me and for always being with me.

And, He’s always with you too!

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below. 

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️

References:

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.abingdonpress.com/

3 thoughts on “Lent 2020: Week 5 – Release

  1. Thank you for this devotion reminding us that God will take care of us just as His eyes are on the sparrow. I love that song. It is one of my favorite song. My other favorite song in this time of crisis is “It is well with my soul.”

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  2. I listen to this song often. It reminds me of simple times, happier times. I miss my Aunt Peach every day. I miss singing like everyone is enjoying my voice. Your words remind me of how wonderful our family is. Thank you!

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