At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Obama based his remarks on a passage from 2 Timothy: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” He spoke of the many challenges in the world that provoke people to react in fear, and of the need for us to respond instead in love. “It is a primal emotion -- fear -- one that we all experience. And it can be contagious, spreading through societies, and through nations. And if we let it consume us, the consequences of that fear can be worse than any outward threat,” the President said. “For me, and I know for so many of you, faith is the great cure for fear. Jesus is a good cure for fear. God gives believers the power, the love, the sound mind required to conquer any fear. And what more important moment for that faith than right now? What better time than these changing, tumultuous times to have Jesus standing beside us, steadying our minds, cleansing our hearts, pointing us towards what matters.”

Wednesday night (at 6:30), we enter the season of the Church year that many associate with fear and temptation: Lent. But here at Westchester Lutheran, we greet Lent with boldness, love, and a smile. On Ash Wednesday, we will gather to pray, sing, take communion, and be marked with ashes as the children of God. We do not approach the altar in fear; we approach the altar to claim what we have been promised, and to promise God, in return, that we will love Him and each other.

Throughout Lent, in these devotions and in the Wednesday Worship Show, we will focus on love and to examine the ways in which we can use our power, our love, and our sound minds to stand up for ourselves, each other, and the Kingdom of God. We hope you’ll be with us.

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner: but be partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace..."

2 Timothy 1:6-9 (KJ2000)