Lenten Devotions 2021

Retired pastor, Rev. Dr. James Bortell and the congregation of Normal First UMC invites you to join them on a daily devotional journey through Lent in 2021. The first post is at the bottom of the listing and you ready from the bottom up with the most recent listed on top.

Blog Posts


A prayer for Palm Sunday


The forty day season of Lent ends tomorrow on Palm Sunday


Made for love


Encourage one another


Saved by love


On beginning within


Some very good words for just now


Prayer


Our Journey


Our Journey


Our Journey


St. Patrick’s Day


Our Journey


Prayer’s threshold--paying attention


Light and love


Stick to love


*What’s so amazing about Grace?


Some centering thoughts


Amazing Grace


A daily resolve


For memory or posting in a visible place


Listen to your life


Ponder, connect, and apply


Follow the yearnings of your heart


Pray and apply…


“The pieces of my life”


When your neighbor’s religion is “different” from your religion


Stop, look, and listen*


Go to the One who can “master circumstances”


Much needed in the year before us:


Contemplate nature and find “reserves of strength”


Pray this prayer several times turning it over in your mind


“troubles and joys”


Meditate and apply:


Contemplate this verse:


The Castle of my soul


Meditate on this text


“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”


Contemplate and apply these words


A prayer for the beginning of Lent


A preparatory prayer for Lent