Will you receive Christ's outstretched arms of grace?
The 40-day Lenten season is typically a time when we choose to abstain from a desire or practice some new measure of devotion. Whether you choose to give something up or take something on (or neither), what's most important is ensuring your heart is attentive to the gifts of grace that Jesus has given by way of his ultimate sacrifice on the cross: forgiveness of sins, fullness of life, and a forever home awaiting you in heaven. May the journey ahead be good for your soul.
"This book will help you crawl into 40 days in the life of Christ. Marvel all over again at how often he showed his outstretched arms to us…even while heading to the cruel cross. Your Lenten experience will be richer and deeper and your desire to forget self, as Jesus did, and give others your outstretched arms will increase. And so will your joy and gratitude."
— Gail MacDonald, wife, mother, grandma, mentor, and author of several books including High Call High Privilege, In His Everlasting Arms, and A Step Farther and Higher
"The daily reminder of Jesus' outstretched arms of grace through different actions He took whether healing, teaching or building up or correcting his disciples or the ultimate power of his outstretched arms laid out on the cross provided a centering perspective and brought a lot of peace throughout the 42 days. I truly was blessed and experienced this Lenten season in a more profound way thanks to this devotional leading me in the footsteps of Christ toward the Cross and into the Light of the Empty Tomb and Resurrected Jesus!"
— Beverly Amano, New Life Christian Church
"Thank you for writing this devotional. At a minimum, it helped me to pause and reflect almost daily. Some days required more time, thought and meditation which allowed me to go to a deeper place. Many I shared with friends. Overall, it was well-written and on point. Reading this devotional truly helped make this last Easter more special than ever before!"
— Mike Glynn
"My husband and I have both enjoyed and appreciated this Lenten Devotional. I am speaking for both of us when I say that it has helped focus us on the reason for the season in a very powerful and succinct manner. The message of Jesus’ outstretched arms of grace is one we have been carrying with us each day as we have intentionally and mindfully sought to be a vehicle of this amazing grace to others, for His glory, during this Lenten season."
— Maura Glynn, Board Member, Alpha New England
"I really appreciated this Lenten devotional. I looked forward to each day’s reading! I enjoyed looking at both the OT and NT scripture and how Macchia highlights the outstretched arms of love of our Savior in each entry. I would definitely recommend this Lenten devotional to others."
— Betty Contompasis
"The 40-days leading up to and after Easter through this Lenten devotional were very thought provoking. They kept me aware of His presence and served as daily reminders of His unconditional love and the great sacrifice He made for me. I would recommend this devotional to others."
— Sheila Haymore
"I really enjoyed this Lent devotional. I looked forward to each day’s reading – filled with good reminders. Plus, it was a great framework for leading up to Easter. Some days I quickly read while others I mulled over as it spoke to me and where I am (either for that day or in the season of my walk). I would recommend it to others."
— Linda Sholtis