Devotion for the Second Sunday in Lent

Thus says the Lord:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
    lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
    she refuses to be comforted for her children,
    because they are no more.”

Thus says the Lord:
“Keep your voice from weeping,
    and your eyes from tears,
for there is a reward for your work,
declares the Lord,
    and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. 

There is hope for your future,
declares the Lord,
    and your children shall come back to their own country. ~ Jeremiah 31:15-17

This prophecy was about God’s people carried off into captivity for their disobedience; parents were separated from their children, and they mourned. During Lent, we are lamenting our sins—not crying because they are no more, but weeping and repenting because our sins are still here. But just as the Lord promised an end to the weeping of His people who would be returned to their homeland, we look forward to Easter when we will rejoice in the resurrection that redeems us from our sins.

Lord God, I look forward to the joy of Easter, but let me never forget to mourn for my sins and to repent. I thank You and praise You that Jesus redeemed me from my sins, but I weep that I caused Him that suffering, the pain that He endured for my sake. Forgive me and lead me in Your holy ways. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

Share this!