Lenten Devotional: March 22

Psalm 81; Psalm 82; Psalm 119:97-120;
Jeremiah 8:18-9:6
; Romans 5:1-11;
John 8:12-20

…hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5

Dreadful things happen in our world: earthquakes, tornadoes, horrific storms – all kinds of natural and human related disasters. And we are killing and hurting each other in ways that are painful to face. People are starving, without homes, and the marginalized often seem forgotten. A bleak picture, but one that we all see and experience every day.

My struggle, perhaps yours also, over the past number of years has been to figure out how to live with the darkness without becoming overwhelmed with sadness and despair. This has not been an easy task with a quick “fix”. For me – the first piece was/is to accept that God’s love is always with us. The next step is more challenging. I make a very conscious act of thinking and saying that I know and trust that God is working for good in my life and in the world. And what has happened is that I see God working in the world. God moments happen all around us. The awe that Nature inspires – a sunrise, a sunset – in Art and Music – so much beauty. Perhaps most of all, I see God in us. Incredible people who are there when disaster strikes – those who reach out to help folks in need – those who are willing to stand up and be counted for their beliefs – All of the acts of kindness both great and small. I am reminded over and over that this is God’s World and it is good.

Lent is about hope promised and given to us.

…hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.