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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, March 17, 2020  

Today’s Hymn

Savior, like a shepherd lead us;
much we need your tender care.
In your pleasant pastures feed us;
for our use your fold prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
you have bought us: we are yours.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
you have bought us: we are yours.

“Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us” (v. 1) by Dorothy Ann Thrupp
Hymn 187, Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

When I think of this hymn, I think of it musically in its most simplistic form. In my mind, I hear the tune being plunked out on a piano and sung in quiet yearning. This message seems to distill our faith into its most simple form.

I like to be reminded of that simplicity. So often this world feels like it’s spinning out of control. Life is big and messy, and injustice surrounds us. It is overwhelming. But when I’m overwhelmed, I like to be reminded of what we believe in its most basic form: that we were bought by Jesus, that we are his. We are loved and cherished children of God.

That simple truth is too easily lost in the chaos of life. And after we’ve sung the hymn and moved on to the next thing, we’re quickly reminded that life is not so simple. But hopefully the moment we’ve spent singing these verses will carry with us. Because when we remember that we belong to Jesus, we remember that every person we come in contact with was also bought by Jesus. And that simple truth can transform the world.

Lord, help me remember your love. Remind me that you cherish me. Allow me to accept that love, and in turn, help me spread that love to every person I meet, for your glory. Amen.

Written by Jared Light, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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