Lenten Devotional: Friday, April 5

Psalm 95Psalm 102Psalm 107:1-32Jeremiah 23:1-8
Romans 8:28-39
John 6:52-59

… incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call. Psalm 102:2

Hello it’s me. It has been a long, long time.

I remember when I was an infant, you lifted me up to your cheeks and bent down to feed me. When I fell from my uncertain steps, you helped me to recover and regain my balance. You led me with cords of kindness, with bands of love.

As I began to crush my enemies with my strength, as I stood on the stage receiving accolades, you were among the crowd, with the smile of a proud father. I took for granted that you were always there. I meant to call, to come around and see you once in a while. But I was too busy rewarding my friends.

It has been a long, long time.

Now my friends have abandoned me; I am like a lonely owl in a barn. My majestic mansion is like an aging, diminutive royalty, the glory has faded and only the dignities remains. Though my magnificent achievements have long been forgotten, it is of greater distress that I am absent from the collective memories of my community.

Every day I think of you with deep love in my heart and have high hopes that you still remember me. I am so grateful for the time we spent together and the affection you have given me. I long to hear from you to set my soul at peace.

Hello, it’s me. It has been a long, long time.

Thank you for answering me and assuring me that you have always been there. Thank you for showing me that even when I am lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of yours shines in me.