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Lenten Daily Devotional - March 11

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“Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
John 5:25-20


When I was younger, my family had a silver radio with a tape deck in the middle and a long handle across the top that we used to carry the radio around our house. As I attempted to pick up my favorite radio stations, I would turn the dial from station to station, slowing down to make sure I caught the frequency at just... the… right… spot. Oh, that sweet spot, when all the static and white noise would succumb to glorious sound of the latest power ballad (e.g. Bryan Adams, Journey).

When Jesus tells the Jewish leaders that “those who hear will live,” I imagine that Jesus is imploring those who are listening to adjust their dial to pick up the frequency broadcasting the good news: that Jesus is God dwelling in the flesh, a gift so that all may have life both in the present and life eternal. In Jesus, there is an invitation for the spiritually dead to come back to life – a life that is marked by Jesus’ assurance that we are all born of God (John 1:12-13).


God of light and love, attune our ears to hear you calling us to come alive in our journey with you. May the voices of anxiety, disappointment, and self-criticism fade away at the sound of your declaration that you love us so much that your Son lived and dwelt among us. In Christ’ name we pray, Amen.


What do you hear the most as you go about your day – white noise or the invitation to life? What would help you tune in more clearly to God’s desire for you to be fully alive and restored to life with God?


Listen to a song today that makes you come alive. (It’s okay to belt it out, too).

About the Author

Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell is the Associate Pastor of Mission and Outreach at Preston Hollow. She and her husband Alex have one son, Owen.