Friday after Ash Wednesday February 19, 2021

Updated: Feb 20

Prayer Pointers: For God to strengthen you in your Lenten disciplines

To thank God for his daily mercies

Today’s text: Titus 2:1-15

I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT it a particular grace of God that Lent begins at roughly the same time as baseball’s spring training, that period of time when professional ballplayers gather in Florida or Arizona and begin practicing—stretching unused muscles, regrooving the swing of the bat, working up over time to throwing at full strength, and so on. Training helps the muscles “remember” their tasks and allows them to do so without injury.

In a similar way, Lent calls us to “practice” our profession of Christ: to stretch the muscle fibers of faith, to regroove the habits of hope, to return to full strength the labors of love. The disciples Paul commends to Titus, and through Titus to his parish, are meant to help the family of God on the island of Crete to be effective witnesses of God’s salvation for themselves and among their neighbors.

In a world that desperately needs men and women of integrity, dignity and sound speech (vv7-8), we can only be ready when life calls us up to bat if we practice.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.