Lent Video Devotions from RCA March 17th

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The Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel is professor of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. She preaches and teaches widely and is a General Synod professor of theology in the Reformed Church in America, as well as a former General Synod president. She grew up on a farm in Fulton, Illinois, and is the daughter of Rhea and the late Glenn Bechtel.

One of the things that keeps me “rooted” is reading the Psalms every day. And there’s one particular psalm that reminds me of my roots. Psalm 86 (NRSV) says,

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and be gracious to me;
Give your strength to your servant;
Save the child of your serving girl.

Did you catch the psalmist’s argument there? “Be gracious to me—A) because I’m your servant, but even more so because, B) my mom is your servant.” It’s as if the psalmist is saying, “Look, you may not remember me, but I KNOW you remember my mom. Do it for my mom’s sake!”

I’ve always suspected that when I pray, God says, “Oh, it’s Rhea’s girl again—I guess I’d better see what she wants.”  Maybe that’s fanciful—and I’m pretty sure it would embarrass my mom. But there’s something sweet and, well, inspiring about the psalmist’s recognition that his mom and God are “like this.” Maybe, by God’s grace, we can be, too!

“Rooted” is a video devotional series intended to help you seek God’s face this Lent. Each short video explores a piece of our rootedness in Christ: “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper” (Psalm 1:3). The videos were created by RCA women and men in partnership with Women’s Transformation and Leadership.

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