Kent Busman is Camp Fowler’s executive director.
This is a classic text that drives people crazy both inside and outside of the faith. Paul runs us through the hoops of “law” and “faith” and “wrath” and “promise.” He gets us all tangled up like some fifth grader’s fishing line. And we focus on untangling the line, while totally missing the beauty that surrounds us.
For me, the beauty slips in at the beginning of this text. “For the promise that he would inherit the world…” is Paul’s introduction. Camp Fowler is in part of the world where you can still see its inherent loveliness and integrity. It’s a world, in fact, that would be a wonderful inheritance.
As we struggle this Lent between law and its fear (you’ll catch that later in these devotions) and faith with its promises (also evident in these musings), let us not forget that God promises no far-away world, but one that is still beneath our feet. It would do us good to look up every now and then from trying to untangle our theologies and remember that.
Prayer: For Saint Abraham we give thanks, who looked up from his world and saw you, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
For this year’s Lent devotions, the days follow the Common Lectionary texts. Each author was invited to: 1.Read the passage.
2.Read a couple passages before and after the assigned day.
3.Do something else for the day, keeping the passage in mind.
4.Find a word/phrase/concept that connects with your own experience. Reflect on that.
You are encouraged to do the same.