Our Lenten journey takes us to a psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. It is a place where no growth seems possible. David provides poetry causing us to reflect.
It is in a desert, when our soul is thirsting for nourishment, that we become open to listening to God. We can retreat here when all around us seems to be hostile, or loss and grief cause us to feel abandoned. In the stillness we can recall God’s caring for us: For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (verses 7-8)
In the past week we have reflected often on actions of imitation that will show those around us the love of Christ. David gives us the opportunity to imitate him. No matter how difficult circumstances seem, God’s love for us remains with us always and in unexpected ways.
Lord, let us bless you as long as we live; lift up our hands and call on your name, so that people in our communities may come to know you and your saving grace, through your son, Jesus Christ. Amen. — JM