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Lenten Devotion by Linda Wright Simmons

A devotion for this day by Linda Wright Simmons of the Park Lake Presbyterian Church in Orlando.

Deut. 7:6-11, Titus 1:1-16, John 1:35-42

“Why me?” the boy Michael asks the girl Mia. In The Princess Diaries, the awkward-girl-with-the-glasses discovers herself to be the heiress of a small kingdom in Europe, Genovia. Through her transformation into a popular beauty queen, Mia is alienated from her childhood friends. Eventually she comes to her senses and asks Michael to her first ball as Princess. As they meet in the garden, Michael knows she could have invited anyone to be her date, and so he wonders, Why me?

“Because you saw me when I was invisible,” Mia answers.

The truest of friends is one who loves us when we are invisible, unlovable, empty-headed and empty-handed. This is how God loves the children of Israel: when they were slaves in Egypt, God chose them “out of all the peoples on the earth to be his people, his treasured possession” (Deut. 7:6). Not when they had become mighty and powerful; when they were small and powerless, God chose them. The Lord did so because he loved them, and he had promised their ancestors to be faithful to them forever.

In the season of Lent, we remember that it was “while we were yet sinners” that Christ died for us (Rom. 5). Not for the godly, the perfect, the lovely, the powerful. But while we are weak, broken, imperfect. This is the truest of Friends, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the greatest Love of all (John 1:29). “

Linda Wright Simmons

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