If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours. Luke 4:7On Mahre’s first day at her new school, she sat by herself in the lunchroom. Julia immediately came over and joined her. Although Julia was awkward and shy, she was also welcoming and kind. They sat together for the rest of the week. During Mahre’s second week, the popular Emerson came up to her and said, “The girls and I have decided we like you. You can sit at our lunch table from now on, but you have to ditch Julia. There’s no way she’s sitting with us.” Mahre was tempted by Emerson’s offer, the same way Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert. But just like Emerson said Mahre had to ditch Julia, the devil said Jesus had to turn against God and worship the devil instead. Despite being incredibly weak from 40 days without food, Jesus found the strength to resist the temptation. Mahre did the same. She and Julia have been friends ever since. WITH OUR SAVIOR » Dear God, please protect me from all temptation by giving me the strength and courage to always do the right thing. WITH YOUR FAMILY » Postpone dinner until everyone is really, really hungry. Then place your favorite treats on the table. Discuss whether you’d like to donate them to your local food pantry instead of eating them for dessert. What’s it like to make that decision while hungry?
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Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. and Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the fall of 2021. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, Catechist magazine, These Days devotional, and Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.