Lenten Devotional: Tuesday, April 16

Psalm 6Psalm 12Psalm 94Jeremiah 15:10-21Philippians 3:15-21John 12:20-26

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” John 12:21

My mother worries about the state of the world in which her great-grandchildren are growing up. I imagine she felt the same apprehension for her grandchildren and for my siblings and me. Recently a friend voiced similar anxiety—“the world is such a scary place these days.” This sentiment reverberates through the Psalms we read today.

Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
the faithful have disappeared from humankind. Psalm 12:1

The news media continually scream the same. It’s hard not to be overwhelmed and discouraged. Where is the hope?

I am with you
to save you and deliver you, says the Lord. Jeremiah 15:20

We must not let fear and despair overshadow love and joy. God is with us and has made such a wondrous world for us. We must express our thankfulness in joy, even when it is not easy to do so. Especially when it is not easy to do so. We need to uncover the light within for ourselves and for others. Be one small light that can light another’s light, which can light another’s and another’s. Pray that the light grows and spreads like light of the candles in church on Christmas Eve.

It is Holy Week. Just ahead is Good Friday–the darkest of dark days. The good news…the great news is that it is followed by the dazzling and overpowering light of Easter. Thanks be to God.

I want to walk as a child of the light
I want to follow Jesus.
In him there is no darkness at all.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.
–lines from Hymn 490