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Season of Hope Lenten Devotional Series (2018)

As we walk through the season of Lent together, announce to the world that the Hope of Christ makes a new season possible – a SEASON OF HOPEJoin us by energizing your congregation for global good through activities and service opportunities that connect us to our brothers and sisters in need around the world. Click here to get started. 

This series of devotionals was written by Lutherans in the U.S. and LWR staff around the world reflecting on their faith, which calls them to proclaim hope for those in need. If you’d like to receive devotionals by email as they are published, you can sign up to receive them using the button below.

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Isaiah 58:1-12

By Rev. David Lose

A young child waits for a nutritional assessment in South Sudan.

 “…if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10 (NRSV)

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Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

by Janice Wendorf

Janice Wendorf presents a quilt from her home congregation to the Volunteers of Salvation (VOSA), an orphanage and school in Tanzania.

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.” — Matthew 6:20 (NRSV)

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Genesis 9:8-17

by Eduardo Contreras

Community members from the town of Chupicaloma, Peru, gather around a reservoir used to harvest water.

 “I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.” — Genesis 9:15 (NRSV)

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Genesis 22:1-19

by Pedro Veliz

Rafael José Mindiola is a member of the native Arhuaco community in northern Colombia.

“But the angel of the LORD called to [Abraham] from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’” — Genesis 22:11 (NRSV)

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1 Corinthians 1:18-25

by Rev. Adam Copeland

Jose Martinez Flores, a farmer and partner in LWR Farmers Market Coffee, stands among his coffee trees in Jinotega, Nicaragua [Photo: Oscar Leiva Marinero].

“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” — 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NRSV)

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Ephesians 2:1-10

by Emma Graeber Porter

Children pose after washing their hands and brushing their teeth in the Safe and Healthy Schools Project.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” — Ephesians 2:8-9 (NRSV)

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John 3:14-21

by Rev. Timothy Runtsch

Flor Pérez Vásquez plays with her son in her family's pasture

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” — John 3:16 (NIV)

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Psalm 51:10-12

by Louise Evenson

Daisy Milagros Canales Machuca (second from right) stands with her family in a thriving potato field.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” — Psalm 51:10-12 (NRSV)

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Isaiah 7:10-14

by Gladys Soto

Young children wait in line to receive School Kits during a Quilt & Kit Distribution in Peru in 2016 [Photo: Carrie Taneyhill]

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” — Isaiah 7:14 (NRSV)

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Luke 1:26-38

by Claudia Pineda

Berenda Manzanares Perez stands amongst cacao trees on her farm in the community of Vallas Abajo, Waslala, Nicaragua.

“Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” — Luke 1:38 (NRSV)

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Isaiah 50:4-9

Women from the TIN BA Association clean sesame seeds before packing it and storing it in a warehouse in Fada, Burkina Faso.

“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens– wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.” — Isaiah 50:4 (NRSV)

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