Daily Lent Devotions from Church Street UMC

Tuesday, March 23

By Mr. and Mrs. Tom (Mary Ruth) Fonville, March 18, 1980

Where is Thy Sting?

Read: John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:55

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in Him should not die but have eternal life.”

O death where is thy sting?

A father and his son were taking a drive in their car. They were enjoying the trip and being together that day. It was a warm beautiful day and the windows were down. Suddenly a bumblebee flew into the car. It was flying around, buzzing, and the boy was frantic! He was afraid he would be stung. His father was concerned too, because he knew his son was allergic to bee stings and could have a dangerous reaction that would kill him.

The father said “Don’t worry son, I’ll take care of it.” He found a place where he could pull off the road and stopped the car. He reached out his hand and calmly caught the bumblebee and then he opened his hand and let the bee go. His son was still frightened as the bee began to fly around again. His father held out is hand with the bee sting imbedded in his palm and he showed it to his son saying “You don’t have to be afraid anymore the bee can’t hurt you. See, I have taken the stinger out of the bee.”

Isn’t this what God, our father, has done for us? By Christ’s death and resurrection, he has taken the sting out of death!


Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love and that you love us so much you sent your Son that we should not die but have eternal life. In His Name we pray. Amen.

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