“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

2/19/2021

“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118
“This is my time”
Many years ago someone asked Juanita, a lovely 96 year old woman in our church, “what were things like in your time?”  With her gentle smile, Juanita said “this is my time.”  Bless you Juanita!  Her long life embraced world wars, the great depression, and personal losses and setbacks.  She reminds us that this is our time—yes this time of an insidious virus, unemployment, racial injustice, a divided nation, and our own personal issues; and that this “is the day the Lord has made…”  Whatever our age, whining about things is not a defining response for people of faith. Oh yes, some whining is probably inevitable; but this being God’s day means investing our energy in constructive outlets—welcoming strangers, stewardship of our resources, volunteering, praying for others, looking out for the less fortunate, service and much more.  Lent is not about giving something up. It is more about taking something up, like renewing our spiritual life and doing works of love.  jb  
Come Creator Spirit, Amen (ancient church prayer)