Daily Lenten Devotional

To help strengthen, inspire, and connect our community of faith, the Adult Education Committee has gathered daily reflections for Lent written by members and friends of the Nassau congregation.

Contributors have written a meditation and prayer for each day from Ash Wednesday, March 6, to Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. Each meditation focuses on select verses from a lectionary text of the day.

How will you follow along this Lent?

Interested in reading the complete daily lectionary? We recommend the one maintained by the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

Sunday, March 24
3rd Sunday in Lent

John 13:34–35

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as
I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
— vs.34-35 (KJV)

By this shall all men know that you are Mine:
that you shall gather in the arms of love
the lonely, lost, defenseless; this the sign
that holy fire has touched you from above.

By this shall you be known: the outstretched hand,
the voice of welcome and the open door
to greet the weary strangers where they stand
(for you were strangers on a foreign shore).

As I have loved you, let your love be given;
as I command, so may you keep My Word:
so love shall reign on earth as now in heaven,
and by all nations will My voice be heard.

By outward acts the inward soul enshrine:
by this shall all men know that you are Mine.

Dear God, as your love has embraced us, may we also embrace in love all your children as our brothers and sisters. Amen.

Janet Anderson

Janet Anderson has lived in Princeton for more than two decades. She is or has been a writer of articles, reviews, and poetry.