Friday, Mar. 20
Today on our Lenten Calendar, we are asked to give a coin for every drink of water or other beverage we consume.
I wonder how much Jesus would have paid in order to get a drink of water from the woman at the well? After all, scripture tells us it was hot and he was tired. Yet his initial need for water becomes her opportunity for a more fulfilled life!
Have you ever noticed that when we are bold enough to ask for something, we open ourselves up. We become a little more vulnerable and just like Jesus that day by Jacob’s well, we reveal our humanity to the other and both are blessed.
In these days of uncertainty and in this interesting time of social distancing (a paradise for introverts, somewhat more difficult for those of us who are raging extroverts), may we be hopeful and acutely aware of the presence of a God who celebrates each one of us, whatever our personality type.
Let us pray:
Help me to see, O God, beyond conventions, to all that is Holy in another. Let me be generous in thought, word and deed.
May I daily, drink deeply of your Living Water.
Thursday, Mar. 19
Today is the first day of Spring!
On our Lent Calendar, the suggestion for today is to go outside and see if you can notice signs of the changing season. You may not get much of that today, though. It's sunny, but still pretty cold outside! However if you take a look at the upcoming weather forecast, we have some warmer weather arriving shortly!
Spring is a season of hope and new life, especially since Easter is in the spring. The reality in our part of the world is that Spring can be messy and icy and even snowy, with a lot of ups and downs in the temperatures. Perhaps that's what hope and new life is like? Maybe living into hope doesn't mean that we won't have a (metaphorical) snow storm in April (or May!), but we still look forward and know something better is coming. We can still see God's promise of new life arriving, even throughout the ups and downs in the temperatures and in the world around us.
So even though this beginning of Spring doesn't feel very "spring-like", let's give thanks to God:
God of hope, we thank you for all the seasons of the year, the blessings of each one we experience here in Canada, and that you are with us through them all. We thank you for Spring, for the reminder that you continue to coax the promised new life into existence, slowly but surely. Thank you for the beautiful gift of Creation, and help us throughout this season to appreciate it, to keep our eyes peeled for signs of new life, and to share your hope with one another. Amen.
Wednesday, Mar. 18
Everyday we will send out a Daily Meditation to help us all feel connected. We will try NOT to make them all about the current crisis, but rather be a simple message to lift us up!
On our Lent Calendar today, the title is "Growing Edge: Love"
On Sunday, a line from a prayer that was written far earlier in the week, struck us like it was new: "Help us remember that your love stretches beyond our world's dividing lines." It was written in the context of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, but it is a good prayer for us no matter what divisions or separations we experience.
It reminds us of Romans 8:38-39. Paul writes: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
That is a good thing for us to hear over and over: Nothing can separate us from the love of God. We are so loved by a love that will never let us go!
So let's pray: "Loving God, help us remember that your love stretches beyond all divisions, and nothing can separate us from you. Amen."
On our Lent Calendar, the suggestion for "Growing Edge: Love" is "Spend quality time with someone you love, or write a letter or phone someone you love that lives too far away."
So, reach out, (even over a social distance,) and share some love!
Kristin and Maureen