Daily Devotion--Let Your Kids Play with Celery

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on March 17, 2020

Facebook posts are saying kids home from school are already bored. Give them a celery stalk to play with. It may not entertain them for long, but it can remind you of today's Bible reading. 

Our Old Testament reading is Numbers 19-20 (I'll always provide you with a link like this.) The "waters of cleansing" is pretty dry stuff. But connect it with Psalm 51:7. King David had committed adultery and murder. He thinks back to God's promises connected to the waters of cleansing and prays, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean." 

Hyssop? I don't have any of that around the house. So I have chosen to use a leafy celery stalk as a stand in. 

"Cleanse me with hyssop." I need that because in the New Testament lesson, Mark 14:43-65Jesus warns, "You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Frightening words for the members of the Sanhedrin who condemned him. Frightening words for us who also tend to stand in judgment over God. "Why," we ask, "don't You do something about this pandemic? I am not sure that You will provide for me the way I think is necessary." 

That's why I encourage you to get out the celery and sprinkle some water around. Celebrate that through Jesus' sacrifice of himself you are cleansed. (Do you see it? Jesus is the "red heifer without defect" [Numbers 19:2] of the New Testament who provides the "waters of cleansing.)

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die. Amen.
(Read all the lyrics to Rock of Ages here and remember Numbers 20!)

The daily Bible reading guide is attached. You will be receiving a ministry update early this afternoon regarding St. Paul's next steps in dealing with COVID-19.

Thanks for joining me on Our Journey to the Empty Tomb.

Pastor Pete

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