Psalm 55; Lam. 2:1-9; 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11; Mark 12:1-11
It is the deep of Winter in middle Tennessee. The bright kinetic celebration of the Christmas season has only just passed giving way to short, cloud-draped days, quiet nights and cold that seems as if it might chill my very soul. How I envy those oblivious creatures that hibernate this time of year, safe and sound in their warm dens, waiting for Spring with its light and energy, emerging just in time to welcome Easter!
But alas, I am human and I don’t hibernate. I am left to my own devices to get through it. What, then, shall I do with myself? Almost as if by design, this time leaves me much time to think. But what shall I think of?
Dwelling on the difficulties of life comes easily when there is time to think, lamenting hardships and the unfairness of it all; indeed at times it seems impossible to unload those burdens. I might be inclined to ask God to even the score a bit, like the anguished Psalmist who has been betrayed by a friend. And certainly I have wished that God would let me just fly away with wings of a dove far from the tempest and storm.
Or…with time on my hands to contemplate and reflect, I may consider that Jesus said that God has a marvelous way of turning things around, even when history says that things have not gone so well. And that Paul suggests that I find the compassion to soften my heart and forgive those who have offended me – that they have probably suffered enough as result of their offenses.
Faith. Hope. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. With these, I can make it through the Winter to Easter. Let it come!
Posted on Wed, March 31, 2010
by Lenten Meditations filed under