DEVOTION: Chances and Change

by Beth Bondurant
On this third Sunday in Lent we "spring forward" to new life. With every dawn comes numerous choices. Where do we put our trust when it comes to the chances we take today. The inevitable change will come whether we are ready or not.
    The Master found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength. The Master told the dove merchants, "Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a shopping mall!"
  From the beginning of time God is and was and will be.

  Though made in God's image, we pale in our godly choices.

  Change... like time... continues incessantly within the realm of Omnipotence.

  Spring forward into God's hands of healing... love and grace.

  O God, I put my trust in things that truly "turn to dust and ashes".  I look for the best deal... the highest potential... the most holy ... and still fall so short of understanding the meaning of unconditional love and grace.  Forgive me, Master Creator for ignoring the simple goodness of nourishment and nurture so freely provided in my natural habitat and seeking embellished additives that tend to tempt my heart, mind, body and spirit away from wholeness and shalom. "Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."  Chase away my desire to manipulate... to direct... to entice ... to discriminate... to extinguish divine life... breath... light... hope... healing... graciousness... kindness and truth. I am so easily confused as to the meaning of faithfulness... mercy... and peace.  I am God made and God saved... but somehow that's hard for me to believe.  O Lord, help my unbelief and sweep clean my choices, chances and change. 
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