Ash Wednesday

Psalm 95; Psalm 32; Psalm 143; Psalm 102; Psalm 130; Amos 5:6-15; Hebrews 12:1-14; Luke 18:9-14

“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees”  Hebrews 12:12

My favorite three verses from this letter are found beginning at verse 12 and ending with verse 14:  12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

In these times which seem so chaotic and unsettling these words offer me encouragement to stay focused on the overriding message of Jesus as I have come to understand him through scripture study and personal experience:  Make every effort to live in peace with everyone (bold added by me).  Sometimes this seems an impossible task!  It is very difficult for me to remember that I am called to love the people with whom I so vehemently disagree, to love those who view the world through totally different lenses than mine, to love those that I don’t particularly like.  The prayer that I will carry with me through this Lent is for strength for my “feeble arms and weak knees” so that I may live in peace with everyone.