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Devotions by the Rev. Larry Jent

Larry is the pastor of Grace (Hartwood) United Methodist Church, Rappahannock River District. He writes devotions that include Native American perspectives and racial justice views. He may be contacted at LarryJent@vaumc.org

A note from Larry:

I’m a pastor, teacher, musician, storyteller, and Native American advocate.

My journey has taken me from the banks of the Mississippi and the Bay of Alaska, to Carolina’s red clay tobacco fields, the suburbs of Washington D.C., and the beautiful community of Hartwood, Virginia.

I hope you will take a little time to hear some stories of life-changing faith. I hope you will share your stories, too. I’m glad you are sharing this new part of the journey with me, and I am certain that no matter what else happens, God is gonna win!

Be a Warrior

By Larry JentFriday Scripture: Isaiah 1 Learn to do good;Seek justice,Rebuke the oppressor;Defend the fatherless,Plead for the widow.“Come now, and let us reason together,”Says the Lord,“Though your sins are like scarlet,They shall be as white as snow;Though they are...

Walkin’ a Mile

By Larry Jent Scripture: Romans 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do.And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the...

How to see God

Daily Scripture and Prayer: 1 John 4 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But...

Lifting Up a Friend

Daily Scripture and Prayer: Jeremiah 38 ------------------ Ebed-melek the Ethiopian heard that they had thrown Jeremiah into the cistern.  He went to the king and said, “These men are committing a great crime in what they’re doing, throwing Jeremiah the prophet...

The Voice of the Waters

Daily Scripture and Prayer: Psalm 93 The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty waves of the sea....

The Authority of God

Daily Scripture: Romans 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling...

Juneteenth Scripture and Prayer: Luke 19

Some of the religious folks in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a wave of crowd demonstrations. People were shouting and carrying on....

Boogity Boogity Boogity in the DNA

Daily Scripture: Acts 8 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the...