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April 2

Elementary:

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jeremiah 5:20-31 says, "But what will you do when the end comes?"

There are many beginnings and endings in our lives. Every year we start something new and leave the past year behind. We mark these moments with anniversaries, birthdays, farewells and graduations. Things need to end for other things to begin just as flowers need to go to seed for more flowers to grow or winter snows disappear to make room for spring and summer.

Psalm 27 is a great response to Jeremiah's question: "Be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the LORD."

The Lenten season is a long, slow walk which allows us to look into our hearts and end things, like greed and selfishness, that keep love away. Then we can begin to become better people alive in new ways!

So, we pray: Jesus, God's strength hep us to be patient as we live through all the beginnings and ends in our lives. Amen.

We continue our day in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.​​


High School:

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jeremiah 5:20-31 says, "But what will you do when the end comes?"

It is sad, even disappointing, when I learn a family has decided not to conduct any kind of memorial service for a deceased loved one. But it seems to be the trend of our time. Why? My observation has been that when we are confronted by loss, our own mortality is highlighted – and this is uncomfortable. Few of us relish thinking about our own demise. However, without embracing the reality of our end, we rarely can live life to the fullest. Thus, we hear Jeremiah's poignant question.

Psalm 27 could be our best response to Jeremiah's question. For it is in this psalm we hear, "Be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the LORD."

Our Lenten season is a long, slow walk which, if taken seriously, can evoking feelings of darkness, despair, and loneliness. We are confronted with images that can scare us and make us look away. But it is in the willingness to stay on this difficult trail that we gain strength for life. It is by this new strength that we are comforted and have the will to wait patiently for God.

So, we pray: Jesus as you lived by God's strength, I will wait patiently. Amen.

We continue our day in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.​

Amen.