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Lenten Devotional

Saturday, January 16, 2021

One of the pastors at our church asked us to write up to three devotionals for a Lenten booklet to be distributed to all our housebound members which is all of us. I am sharing what I wrote here because I want to remember it.

Get Back On That Horse

“Get back on that horse. Don’t let it beat you.” My father, often repeated this phrase. He applied it to everything from crashing into a tree with my bicycle, tears over homework or actually falling off my horse. The gift of course is that through repetition he taught me a mantra to grasp whenever life beat me down. The first horse show I participated in, my pony shied sideways and dumped me in the dirt. I saw Dad’s face and I heard him in my head. “Get back on that horse.” I did and I completed the show. I did not walk out of the arena defeated. It felt amazing. Trying to live as Jesus taught is a constant struggle. On the days I am struggling, I know that if I persevere, I will find grace. Dad taught me that. “Get back on that horse.”

Dear Lord, Thank you for the gift of persistence. May I continue to grow in your grace.

Galatians 6:9 NIV
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

Dad’s favorite hymn was Amazing Grace.
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