Lent

Anointing the Shepherd

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Anointing the Shepherd
Detail from a window in Ely Cathedral, England.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.” – 1 Samuel 16:13

Often during the Lenten season, we think of Easter eggs and baby bunnies. But we also reflect on the importance of the theme of rebirth, and how it helps us become closer to our God. As we read the scripture, we see how God's great and wonderful story is playing out with his selection of David as the next king to succeed King Saul.

We may ask, “Why did God pick a lowly shepherd to engage in this important work?” This is an important question to ask as we come to understand that the answer is God’s overwhelming love. When Samuel anoints David as king, God makes him an ancestor of Jesus as it was prophesied.

Lent reminds me of the ultimate sacrifice of God giving God’s son to save our lives from eternal death. We can feel God's presence all the time as the Holy Spirit, helping us to remember this sacrifice. On the fourth Sunday of Lent, think of something meaningful that you can sacrifice. This act will bring you nearer to God, and will help with the mission of loving others and leading them to a close relationship with Jesus.

Dear God, thank you for sending your son to save us from sin and help me to see God's love and rebirth this Easter season and throughout the year. Amen.


Katie Willis is a Program Advisory Group member from Missouri.

Posted or updated: 3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM
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