Devotional from Ryan Edgecombe

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Hello Friends:

As I write this little note to you, I am sitting at my dining room table surrounded by Bethany and the boys. We are all on our laptops because we got quite a bit of ice overnight and the boys have an e-learning day. Bethany is working from home too and so am I! It looks like an Internet Cafe in here! Titus is also running around and getting into a lot of trouble. Let's hope that February is a little better, a little warmer, and a little less snow and ice. 🙂

Lent will be starting very soon with Ash Wednesday being on February 14th. Let us take full advantage of this Lenten Season, preparing us for the joy of Easter Sunday!

This is so important because if we neglect to humble ourselves, not taking ownership of our own sin and brokenness, what then are we celebrating on the day of Resurrection? Why then are we celebrating?

Have we recognized our need for a Savior (and do we revisit this reality on a regular basis?)? Have we sat in the upper room with the disciples, allowing Jesus to wash our filthy feet on Maundy Thursday? Have we traveled to Golgotha on Good Friday and laid our sins at the foot of the cross with tears, knowing that the blood of Jesus is our only hope?

We take this journey during Lent so that our sorrow and grief may be turned into gratitude and joy! We recognize our need for Christ's atonement and resurrection so that when the cross and the empty tomb enter into our experience we have much to celebrate, for "once we were lost, and now we are found!"


The forty days of Lent remind us of the 40 days of fasting that Jesus experienced in the desert as he prepared himself for his ministry/his journey to the cross, and as he successfully resisted temptation from Satan.

We too can follow His example in these forty days by engaging in intentional prayer and study, by finding ways of denying ourselves in favor of seeking His Kingdom first, and in finding ways to serve the least of these. Let us go on this journey together, for we can learn a lot from the different church traditions represented here in Logan County and beyond. We need each other!

I close this letter with a prayer from Cally Logan: "Father, in Micah 6:8, You say, 'O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.' Today we choose to walk humbly with You. We choose to live by your Holy Spirit and to follow Your lead. Help us to hear You clearly, for we do not want to walk by pride or self-sufficiency, we want to walk with You, in Christ we Pray, Amen."
Ryan Edgecombe
Broadwell Christian Church
Central Presbyterian Church - Petersburg, IL

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