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 a trend in our time. Why?
My observation has been that when we are confronted by loss, our own mortality is highlighted – and this is uncomfortable and even scary.
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." And I would add: "and live!"
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 frighten 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. The light of Lent is realization that on our journey through life, we are continually embraces in Jesus' healing arms of Love!
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.