2017 Lent Devotional

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lent devotional 2017

“Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!” Nehemiah 4:14

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Trevor Hughes

“May The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26


March 28 - What If I accepted and offered forgiveness to others?

Ben Dukes

Scripture: Ephesians 4:31-32. (Look up and mark up passage in your own Bible)


I spent a lot of time regretting the mistakes that I’ve made in the past. The mistakes that had hurt others and myself. When I kept all my feelings bottled up inside me, I was bound to explode on someone. When I did, it was on my mom. I wish that I could go back in time and change some of the things I said but I can’t. The only thing I can do is look towards the future. Even after everything I said to my mom, she still forgave me. Forgiveness is such an essential part of building and maintaining relationships. Imagining what home life would look like if my mom never offered forgiveness really scares me. Sometimes it’s hard to forgive others, especially the ones we love. When we do, we can receive freedom from our past. Forgiveness is a gift that we give ourselves when it’s offered. I need God’s grace just as much as anyone else. Although it isn’t easy, it is possible to forgive just as God has forgiven us. I learned from my mom how important forgiveness really is. When I let go of all my grudges, I grew my relationships with those I had them with, and with God.

God, help me to let go of any bitterness that is keeping me from having healthy relationships with my family and friends. Give me the power to forgive just as you have forgiven us. Amen

March 27 - What If I accepted and offered forgiveness to others?

Mason McFee

Scripture: Nehemiah 3:1-16. (Look up and mark up passage in your own Bible)


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - African Proverb

It takes a lot to get me angry.

I have an older sister who is nine years older than me, but growing up together we would bother each other; but I don’t really recall a time I was legitimately angry with her, as hard as that may be to believe for those of you reading this that have siblings.

So what does make me angry? The list is short, (which is ironic considering how short of a fuse I have when it comes to these things):

When people lead others on intentionally for amusement (like in a romantic relationship)

When people are truly closed-minded to the point where they’re smug about it because they know when they’re doing it

When people I care about go through tough times (which is a part of life, I’m just not the biggest fan of it sometimes)

That’s really it. I think if I could look at a map of all my life’s events I could categorize those times under one of these ‘categories’. So how does this relate to forgiveness?

When I was a kid my parents were separated for a time. My dad had his bags packed one day when I came home from school, and my mom told me that ‘daddy was going away for a little while.’ I didn’t think much of it, considering we have family all over the country (and parts of the world!).... but days turned into weeks, and weeks into months. I was meeting my dad at coworkers’ houses, and chain restaurants like McDonald’s.

I was angry. I didn’t understand why my dad didn’t just come home. I was angry that I couldn’t do anything to help my mom as she cried herself to sleep. And of course, there was spiritual warfare going on through a lot of my friends’ parents getting divorced during that year my parents were separated.

‘This is your fault.’

‘You caused it.’

‘You’re not going to be wanted by mom or dad no matter the outcome.’

Those are just some of the thoughts I had going through my head, but luckily Jesus entered the picture, and we’ve been coming to Redeemer for over 15 years now. I’d be lying to you though if those thoughts didn’t take hold and really affected my identity the past 15 years. It wasn’t until this past summer (at age 20) that I really forgave my dad; and not only that, was able to tell him (albeit sobbing uncontrollably) face to face.

Now my dad and I have the best relationship we’ve ever had, and it gets better all the time. We still butt heads due to our differences in personalities, but we understand each other a lot better. As corny as it may sound, glory to God!

Maybe some of you reading this are at a point where you know you need to forgive someone, but don’t want to. Maybe you’re reading this and are sick and tired of reading devotionals or things like this that claim they know (what I hate to hear) exactly what you’re going through. I don’t. I don’t know your situation. I don’t know the depth of your pain, or where your faith is at.

Maybe you think God has been there for you, but isn’t now. Maybe you don’t think you’re worthy to go back to Him. Or maybe you think He’s never been there for you or your family or your friends. That’s valid. I’ve been in all three of those points, and none are very fun. Maybe this will help:

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

Maybe you’ve heard that saying before, but it’s true. I’ve been pissed at my best friend for making a decision I knew was going to affect a lot of people in a not great way, and he went through with it anyways. It sucked. I forgave him though. Not because he deserved it, not because I hold the power of forgiveness, but being angry with him only creates division and isolation. Who really wants that?

Not forgiving someone can just lead to sapped emotional energy within yourself. It can create further division where there wasn’t originally. Forgiveness is situational, but it covers all situations. Luckily we know the Ultimate Forgiver, and He provided a pretty good model of how to do it.

Thanks for forgiving me all the times I didn’t think I deserved it; and especially when I didn’t know I needed it for myself. Thanks for loving me when I don’t love myself. Thanks for being my Dad. And most of all, thanks for not letting me go through life alone. Amen.

March 26 - What If I accepted and offered forgiveness to others?

Pastor Ray

Scripture: Matt 17: 1-8. (Look up and mark up passage in your own Bible)

What if I accepted and offered forgiveness to others?

There is in the Gospel of John, this story of Jesus healing a man born blind (John 9:1-38). It is an amazing and most fascinating story. As I read the story, I remembered the words of the old hymn… Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.

Now I do not know if I can say this as clearly as I wish, but have you ever thought of how blind you and I are to our sins? When Jesus hung on the cross, He prayed to His Father… Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. Now Jesus’ words do not mean that none of us have any responsibility for our sin and wrongdoing, but rather, none of us fully grasp the consequences of what we are doing when we sin and do wrong. Do ponder this truth of God… None of us fully grasp the consequences of what we are doing when we sin and do wrong. This is true for you and for me and also for those who sin against us! But thanks be to God that our Lord Jesus does not make us go through every consequence of our sin before He will forgive us. Rather, Jesus’ forgiveness actually works the other way. Have you noticed that the more you begin to understand how amazing is God’s grace for you that you and I start realizing how blind and lost we actually are in our sin? It is like Jesus’ love and forgiveness enable us to begin to see what we were doing and truly His grace is amazing to save and forgive a wretch like me. It is like a man who has abandoned his family as he withdrew into his addiction to alcohol, once he receives Jesus’ forgiveness and begins the lifelong road to recovery, his eyes become more and more open to how much suffering his sin has been laying on his family. I would love to promise you that when you do ask someone to forgive you, that they would forgive you without first forcing you to hear all of the ways you have hurt them. But I can promise you Jesus will forgive you without first making you list all of the consequences of your sins. And I do pray that you have some persons who forgive you like Jesus in your life.

Now what if I (you) accepted and offered forgiveness to them? Well, there are two ways we can go about forgiving others who ask for our forgiveness: Jesus’ way or the devil’s way. Ah, maybe we would never think of this as the devil’s way of forgiving, but would not the devil be pleased if the only way we will forgive another person is first we make them listen to all the ways we see they have hurt us and others and even God. Or Jesus’ way: what if you and I just accepted their request for forgiveness (as feeble and as inadequate as it is) and we just offered forgiveness to them. Now before we close, may we step back and realize what does happen when we put any conditions on forgiving any human person: are we not saying to them that Jesus’ death on the cross is not for them? Is there any greater obstacle we could ever put before a sinful human being than our refusing, as a Christian, to accept their request and offer them forgiveness? But, Pastor Ray, they don’t know what they have done to all of us! That is true for them as it is true for you and me! Farther, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.

What if I accepted and offered forgiveness to others? May they find Jesus’ forgiveness through you and me, no conditions!

March 25 - What If I learned to handle the hurts caused by others?

JoAnn McIlvried

Scripture: Luke 6:27–28. (Look up and mark up passage in your own Bible)

Got your prayer closet? Are you ready to do battle with the real enemy? It’s time to fight using the word of God! Problems don’t just go away overnight. Some may last a lifetime and never go away. Most take time to resolve. A good place to start is on your knees.

From the movie War Room:

An example of prayer for ______________ when they feel like your enemy.

God gives you specific instructions to love your enemies and to pray for them. The following prayer will guide you to respond in obedience to God instead of reacting. A righteous response is a precursor to the peace you so desperately need. Praying will adjust your focus to God, the source of Your hope and help (Isaiah 32:17, 26:3; Psalm 121:2).
O God, you are my defender and protector and today I cry out to You because ___________ feels like my enemy (Psalm. 59:1).

You know ___________’s heart inside and out (Psalm 139:2–4). You have authority over the evil one that is instigating this division between us (Philippians 2:9–10). Rise up, O Lord, and help us. Rise up against this evil at work in our relationship. Shield my breaking heart from this unbelievable attack (Psalm 59:4; Proverbs 30:5). I am so angry at ____________, Lord. Help me deal with this anger and not sin against you (Ephesians 4:26).

In obedience to You, I forgive _______. I choose to forgive because I know that I am not free from sin, and I need Your forgiveness. I trust Your Word. You promise that righteousness produces peace and a quiet life. I desperately want this peace, Lord. Empower me to keep forgiving ________ and to faithfully confess my own sin to You (Matthew 6:15; Isaiah 32:17; 1 John 1:9).

You are a merciful God, and I plead with You to be merciful to____________. You offered Jesus as a perfect sacrifice so that __________ and I could both receive Your undeserved favor. Neither of us deserve Your help, but I am so thankful that You are our river of life, our portion, and the source of all we need (Romans 3:25–26; John 7:38; Isaiah 55:1; Psalm 73:26; Philippians 4:19).

Please deliver _______ from the grip of the evil one. The enemy of __________’s soul is no match for You. The enemy is not all knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present, but You are! The enemy is not Lord over the heavens, the earth, and things under the earth, but You are. (Colossians 1:16–18; 1 John 3:20; Proverbs 15:3; Philippians 2:10; Proverbs 28:1).

You said, “It is finished,” and I believe You. I believe You are the banner of love and victory over all. In the name of Jesus, I place _______ and myself under Your authority. Let Your will be done Lord (John 19:30; Psalm 20:5; Matthew 6:10). I believe You are fighting for us in the spiritual realm. I believe You are moving heaven and earth to save us from the temptations and schemes of destruction at work in our relationship. I will wait on You, and I will believe. Please help my unbelief (Exodus 14:14, 15:3; John 10:10; Mark 9:24).

While I wait, I will sing of Your mighty strength and power. I will sing of Your mercy and loving-kindness day and night. You are my ultimate defense and place of refuge. You have been victorious through the generations to all who call on You in faith. You are my hiding place and I put all of my trust in You (Psalm 59:10, 100:5).

How is the God of love and mercy speaking to you about __________ now?

What and how would Jesus have you respond if the person and/or situation doesn’t change?

I Will Trust in You by Lauren Daigle

Resources: Please know that sometimes hurts are so deep and we require help from others to work through the mess of life. CR, our pastors, and Christian Counseling are there for us to help us process, learn new ways of handling issues, learn effective means of communication, and are a source of encouragement. If your pain is deep, please reach out and take advantage of these resources. You were never meant to deal with your pain on your own.

March 24 - What If I learned to handle the hurts caused by others?

Jonathan Sloop

Scripture: Luke 23:34. (Look up and mark up passage in your own Bible)

When reflecting on this week’s “What if” question, I found myself having a difficult time responding to it in my current situation. I decided to respond on how I feel as a good way to respond to hurt caused by others. I consider myself very fortunate to have been given the gift of faith early in my life as well as good values to live my life by from my family. I am by no means perfect at forgiving, but I feel I do have some input. I learned early in my childhood that forgiving someone is very important. I quickly learned to not hold grudges. Upon reflecting on this, the illustration that Pastor Ray gives all First Holy Communion kids comes to mind. The visual goes something like this: Imagine that every time you don’t forgive someone for hurting you, a wall is built. This wall continues to build up because you don’t forgive them for what they have done and they feel hurt, so then they continue to build that wall and it continues to grow and grow and grow. Without forgiveness, we continue to build walls that divide and that create more hurt. This illustration teaches us the power of forgiveness and the great effect unforgiving someone has on one’s conscience. When thinking of forgiveness, I often think of when Jesus was dying on the cross, and when he was at his absolute worst and literally dying. Jesus forgave those who persecuted and crucified him as well as the thieves on the cross next to him.

Growing up in a family with an older brother and two younger siblings, I learned at a young age that having three other people constantly around me was going to cause some conflict. With all conflict comes hurt; however, we were always taught that because Jesus forgave us, we too are to forgive. Now were we perfect? Absolutely not, no one is, but we always forgave one another eventually. We didn’t hold grudges and were able to forgive each other rather quickly. Now why am I telling you this? Because from a young age I learned to forgive, at that time I found it a lot harder to forgive people who wronged me. They hurt me and I didn’t like it but I knew I needed to forgive them. But now, I find it easier to forgive those that have hurt me. Instead of the simpler reason, “Jesus says so,” for me personally, I forgive because I know that I too have hurt people in the past. I am a sinner. Accepting the fact that yes, we all are sinners and make mistakes by sometime saying or doing things we wish we hadn’t, helps me to forgive because I can empathize with where they are coming from. A quick and maybe silly story that I can tell that gives a real-life example for this is a story about when I was younger and how I would envy things that my brothers received for their birthday like a video game that I didn’t have. I would sneak into their rooms take that video game and just borrow it for a few days. Well, eventually they noticed that their game was missing and they would come looking for it and I would get in trouble for taking it and had to apologize for taking it. Well, I’m not the only sibling in the family that envies other things that each other had, so one day I noticed one of my things was missing, and approached that sibling. At first I wanted to be angry with them but because of the fact that I too hurt them in that wrong way, I was able to forgive much easier. I know we all have been hurt by what someone has said or done to us, but we have to be able to forgive just as Christ forgave. We need to build ties that unite, not walls that divide.

Dear God,
Please help me to forgive those that I do not want to forgive today. Help me to see them as your perfect masterpiece. Help me to forgive as Jesus did. Amen.

March 23 - What If I learned to handle the hurts caused by others?

Ryan Downes

Scripture: Nehemiah 4:16-23. (Look up and mark up passage in your own Bible)

Nehemiah was miraculously able to build a phenomenal structure in a short period of time – only 52 days. The wall was truly an amazing accomplishment, but what is even more impressive to me is the fact that Nehemiah’s focus never swayed from the task at hand, even with imminent danger surrounding them.

Fortunately none of us has a bunch of Samarians and Ammonites lurking outside our house looking to destroy us. But metaphorically I think this actually is the world that we live in, surrounded by sin. Even your phone which is sitting next to you right now (or in your pocket) can be dangerous. The more “connected” to each other we’ve become electronically, the weaker our relationships have become between each other.

Being an athlete throughout college allowed me to have friends from all up and down the east coast and from all different backgrounds, but the one type of friendship that failed to remain steady or have any prominence for me was Christian friendships. I’ve always thought of myself as a strong dude. Historically I have been able to accomplish the tasks handed to me with relative ease, cognitively, physically, and emotionally. And there certainly has been no one who could change my beliefs and faith in God, or alter my decisions either. After all, God blessed me with a brain and that’s all I need right? In case you haven’t been living for the past sixteen and a half billion years, I’m going to let you in on something important – the last thing a man will search for on Earth is help. And with that being said, what’s obvious at least to me, I was in pretty firm belief that I am already strong enough, smart enough and good enough to handle everything in life, all on my own.

Nehemiah’s accomplishments, while seemingly remarkable, is not really worth a gold medal in my book. Yeah, I know – every Christian who just read that statement is thinking, “Did he really just say that?” Trust me I can understand your feelings of disapproval but just bear with me. Nehemiah, Moses, and Paul are all some fairly prominent above average guys. But two things about each of them stand out above their stated accomplishments. First, all of them demonstrated unmatched obedience to God among everyone else around them. Secondly, each of them had relationships with other Godly people that they relied upon throughout their amazing service to God themselves. Nehemiah built the wall because God permitted him to so, but it also could not have happened with the help of a lot of his guys (Israelite friends). In addition to his unwavering faith in God and God’s presence with him throughout the construction of the wall, he also had an army of God’s people around him continuously for all 52 days. So its obedience and his brothers who came together to support him that we can applaud, not his individual accomplishments

It will probably come as no shock to anyone that unfortunately, after many years of denial and false belief in my own power, I was not strong enough to withstand the sin of the world. I never thought it wasn’t really going to be that hard – you know, to build a wall with one hand while using the other to protect myself from the approaching enemy. But the sins of the world were able to win a lot of these battles. Even my relationship with God was not enough. And it’s never going to be enough, alone. I needed those good Christian dudes (or maybe gals in your case) to really accomplish what God wanted, and not get dragged in the wrong direction.

Don’t misunderstand – relationships with secular friends are also important, for otherwise who are we to shine our light on and bring to Christ? But I can tell you this; you slowly become who you hang out with. If you hang out with people who live their lives for the world, you will also start to live for the world. Prideful thinking, hatred, idolatry, impurity – all of the above have attacked me because of isolation from solid Christian friends. I always thought I would be able to withstand temptations, but the more time went on for me without that support and defense, I was slowly weakened by the world and my relationship with God became very distracted. I was becoming more influenced by those without faith than I was able to influence them, a situation I never thought could happen to someone so “strong” as I thought I was, all by myself.

This is a world where sin runs free, imminent danger surrounds us and the devil is looking to take you down, even more so than the secular people around you. Taking down those who are blind means nothing to him! He doesn’t get any satisfaction in defeating non-believers and those who simply want to sin – that doesn’t even require work on his part. The devil really salivates at the opportunity to take down those who could do big things for God and accomplish His work.

It is important to remember as you consider all of this, that you shouldn’t pray for God to take you out of the mess of the world and the sin that flows through. He doesn’t get glory from that, and you don’t grow stronger from avoiding it. Instead pray for him to help you get through it. And the only way to success is with Christ and some good dudes and family members who love Christ, who will always be there to strengthen you when you get worn down, and then send you back out to work for Him again.


Dear Lord,
I thank you for taking me through my bad times, even when I fell and was hurt by the enemy. Your grace to forgive my sins has allowed me to further understand your truth about how to accomplish work like Nehemiah did. I pray that whoever reads this will see that I am powerless without those two things against sin. Fill our lives with the ability to grow those relationships around us so we can build our own wall from sin. Amen

March 22 - What If I learned to handle the hurts caused by others?

Stephanie Ochs

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, Nehemiah 6:1-9. (Look up and mark up passage in your own Bible)

The question for the week is, “What if I learned to handle the hurts caused by others?” What I want to focus on is the “I” in this question. You can only control your emotions and reactions; you cannot control others. Sure, you can get worked up about what others say or do to you but in all honesty where is that going to get you? I will be the first to tell you it gets you ABSOLUTELY nowhere; if anything it just makes you angrier while removing your attention from other more important matters. For instance: you had a fight with a family member while on vacation, you were so focused on the hurt that you forgot to enjoy the remainder of the vacation. Or, a friend fabricated a lie that spread throughout your whole school, you were so focused on the lie that you let your own productivity slide downhill. These are just two examples, but I am sure you can think of a few similar situations where you let the actions of others derail you. I know personally I have several.

So in these instances how should I act? How does God expect me to act? How do my reactions reflect God’s grace in my life? Glad you asked :). The scripture passage from Nehemiah gives a great example. Verse 9: “They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued to work with even greater determination” (NLT). The very last sentence is key. He took the hurt and instead of making him angry or distracted he used the hurt to push himself to do better. Like Nehemiah, leaders have a target on their back. People are going to try as hard as they can to tear you down, to stop you from spreading the love of Christ or continuing on the path God has planned for you.

In my life there is one instance in particular where I have seen it come to an almost full circle. (I say almost full circle because my life is not over yet; I know God has much more in store for me). When I was in first grade I was diagnosed with dyslexia. I could not read or write to the extent my classmates could. I ended up having several tests done, being held back and having to go into specialized tutoring. My parents were told that I would never make it through high school let alone get into a college. Long story short, I graduated high school on time while taking several honors and AP classes, was accepted into my dream college (Liberty University) and graduated this past May. Four months after graduation, I accepted a positon as a pharmaceutical sales rep, which has been a great experience. What I did not tell you was all the hard work and all the hurt I endured to get to where I am now. At times, I received negative or discouraging comments from friends, teachers and counselors. They didn’t always mean to hurt me, but it did hurt. Sure, I could have believed every hurtful thing that was said to me but instead I turned them into motivation. Once, my counselor tried to deter me from taking a higher level math class, stating that he was sure that it would be too difficult for me. I was hurt and angry, but I did not let his opinion stop me. Instead I used it as motivation to take the class, work hard and to persevere through the task. I was determined to prove him wrong and to prove to myself that I could do it. With God anything is possible!

I am good enough and so are you! 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed” (NLT). Do not let anyone stop you from doing what the Lord has planned for you. Turn hurt into motivation.

I pray you find motivation in the midst of hurt.
Feel free to listen, read, sing the song “Every Giant Will Fall” by Rend Collective for your prayer.

I can see the Promised Land
Though there's pain within the plan
There is victory in the endYour love is my battle cry
When my fears, like Jericho
Build their walls around my soul
When my heart is overthrown
Your love is my battle cry
The anthem for all my life

Every giant will fall, the mountains will move
Every chain of the past, You've broken in two
Over fear, over lies, we're singing the truth
That nothing is impossible with You (woah)
With You (woah)

There is hope within the fight
In the wars that rage inside
Though the shadows steal the light
Your love is my battle cry
The anthem for all my life

Every giant will fall, the mountains will move
Every chain of the past, You've broken in two
Over fear, over lies, we're singing the truth
That nothing is impossible
Every giant will fall, the mountains will move
Every chain of the past, You've broken in two
Over fear, over lies, we're singing the truth
That nothing is impossible with You (woah)
Oh, nothing is impossible (woah)

No greater name, no higher name
No stronger name than Jesus
You overcame, broke every chain
Forever reign, King Jesus
No greater name, no higher name
No stronger name than Jesus
You overcame, broke every chain
Forever reign, King Jesus

Every giant will fall, the mountains will move
Every chain of the past, You've broken in two
Over fear, over lies, we're singing the truth
That nothing is impossible
Every giant will fall, the mountains will move
Every chain of the past, You've broken in two
Over fear, over lies, we're singing the truth
That nothing is impossible with You (woah)

Oh, nothing is impossible (woah)
-Rend Collective “Every Giant Will Fall” Amen!

March 21 - What If I learned to handle the hurts caused by others?

Leif Gensch

Scripture: Ephesians 1: 3-8. (Look up and mark up passage in your own Bible)

My initial reaction to this question was that I handle hurts by others well. Not much here for me to learn. How am I going to write a devotional that will be useful?

It didn’t take long (minutes) for me to realize that I do have much to learn about how to deal with hurt caused by others. It quickly occurred to me to me that I have never dealt well with the hurt caused by biological parents.

What occurred to me is, Julie and I have a lot to deal with in helping Nathan deal with the loss of his biological parents and the hurt from that, and our adoption of him. Nathan has enough other physical and emotional issues to deal with so the one thing I can offer him is to help him deal with the issue of the loss of his biological parents.

Both of my biological parents were alcoholics. Because of this my dad died when I was 2 ½. My older sister and I were placed into foster care when I was in 3rd grade. We were both adopted together when I was in 5th grade. Our mom ended up in a state hospital due to her alcoholism, and died when I was 21.

I have been able to forgive my biological parents for the reasons that caused my sister and me to be adopted, but I believe I have never really acknowledged and dealt with the hurt. Yet it is there, but I have mastered the ability to deny this. This is what the devil wants. The opportunity to write this devotional has allowed me to start this journey in dealing with this hurt. I am opening up myself to start a journey to see the riches of God’s grace.

“Remember the Lord who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, and sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” In order for me to fight for Nathan and his need to deal with the hurt from the biological parents he never met, I will need to deal with the hurt I have ignored. Now the hard part, how do I do this? For a guy to ask for help is hard. I want to fix things on my own. This is not going to work. So I ask of everyone reading this, can anyone help me learn to deal with my hurt so I can help Nathan deal with his hurt?

Lord, you are the healer. Help heal my hurt. Help heal Julie’s hurt. Help heal Nathan’s hurt. Allow us to be able to show others that with you, we need not fear the enemy.

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