God of Release – Psalm 102:11-12, 18-22 (Third in Lent)


Read Psalm 102:11-12, 18-22

For years I’ve waited for “a people not yet created.” More specifically for a child that was not yet created—a child I thought would be conceived, developed, and born of my own flesh and blood. For years I groaned like a prisoner trapped in a body that refused to do what I desired.

But the Lord looked down from on high. Not just on the morning of my son’s birth, but on all those painful days before. The Lord looked down, releasing me from my false image of who he is. He’s not my business partner, granting my requests as I serve him. His plans include a much larger audience than me!

The Lord’s name will “be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem” (v. 21). Indeed, the arrival of my son has declared his name in ways that a child born of my own flesh never could have done.

Lord, help me remember that no matter what is happening in my life, you are looking down from on high and transforming your people. Amen.

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Carmen Bensink Lewis

Salem, Oregon
I am a child of the King, longing for my identity as a Christ follower to seep deep into the fabric of my life. I often fall short of this desire, but God in his mercy repeatedly restores our faith. I believe God is continually preparing us for the next assignment. My time as a missionary in Colombia and work in other countries has solidified for me Paul’s conviction in Galatians that we are “all one in Christ Jesus.” This belief has led my husband, Scott, and me to co-plant Bridge Covenant Church, a multicultural community in Salem, Oregon. Most recently my faith has been stretched by infertility and cancer. In July 2014 we were blessed with one of the most amazing gifts—our son Gideon.


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