Nurture...the fallen A Lenten Devotion for MArch 27, 2017

Mondays in Lent are for Scriptural investigation. The baptismal vow we're exploring this week asks "Will you nurture each other in Christ's holy church?" Nurturing is a formative form of caring: whereby you see both the brokenness in another and the power of transformation in the brokenness. Nurturing is often thought of as a parent to a small child, and that is certainly true. But Christian nurture has to include those "seasoned" people who have tasted struggle.

Here is how Jesus nurtured a seasoned veteran of his administration after a stunning collapse.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

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