Lenten Devotion: Monday, March 9
And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went through all the land of Egypt. During the seven plenteous years the earth bought forth abundantly, and he gathered up all the food of the seven years when there was plenty…The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end…There was famine in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread…”
Genesis 41:46-48, 54
As I grow older, I am more and more aware of how lucky I have been to have lived and raised my children during a time of peace and plenty. I have never had to worry about where food will come from or whether it will be available. I have never had to worry about being cold at night due to lack of heat or destruction to my home due to extreme weather conditions. The story of Joseph and the famine is a reminder to me of the power of preparation, the need to plan ahead and often make sacrifices in the short term to ensure a better life in the long term. As we enter uncertain times with regards to climate control, the need for improvements to our country’s infrastructure, improvements in our health care delivery system, etc. it is well to be reminded of the power of preparation. What things can we do today, to ensure a better world tomorrow? The answers are not easy but asking the question and seeking solutions in our daily lives is a start.
Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer, p. 827