Devotion for Friday after Lent 1

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
    and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
    and streams in the desert. ~ Isaiah 35:5-6

We are now in the wilderness of Lent, wandering in the dry desert. We are blind and deaf and lame and mute. But one day, waters and streams will break forth to refresh us and restore us. We will be healed of all our weaknesses. After the desert of Lent comes the oasis of Easter—an oasis that is as large as all eternity.

Lord, I can look forward with confidence to Easter, but now I am in the season of penitence. I need to suffer the arid heat of the desert before I enjoy the refreshment of the eternal oasis. Cleanse my thoughts, actions, words, and attitudes that are not in alignment with Your will. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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