Daily Lenten Prayer - March 19, 2018

Daily Lenten Prayer - March 19, 2018

We [know] that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produced hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.  (Romans 5:3-5)    

“If the situation had been just a little more convenient I would have burst into tears.  The Sunday prior to Easter—Palm Sunday.  That morning I was overwhelmed with a thousand little things.  As I was vesting, tears rolled out of my eyes.  Hot.  Stinging.  Salty.  I needed to stop them.  I could not.  I wanted to burst into sobbing.  I looked at my phone and it was 10:24—3 minutes to vest; 3 minutes to walk out of the office.  Down the back stairs, through the basement of life, up the frozen tundra and process down the aisle.  If I had had another five minutes I would have sat on the floor of that church office and sobbed.  For all the sorrow and pain and heartache and loneliness and isolation and alienation and abandonment and shame and guilt in my life.  Sobbed because I needed to.  It was a culmination, a sense of everything coming together, of being overwhelmed by life’s challenges.  One week later-- the day prior to Easter.  The bride looked up at me just as the ceremony was about to begin, fanned furiously, and proclaimed:  I can’t even cry because I didn’t wear waterproof mascara.  I was unable to connect the dots…until now.  I understood—I can’t even cry because I don’t have 5 minutes.  The good folks, few though they be in that sundrenched, ornate sanctuary, are eagerly awaiting me to join them and to lead them in worship.  Breathe deeply from the diaphragm, I marched out knowing that I did not have enough time to cry that morning, but wondering what the result might have been had I been wearing waterproof mascara.”  (Basil Coward)  

Ponder:  How has your vulnerability shaped your life?  What communities of support do you have?  

Pray:  “Now to [God] who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to [God] be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.”  (Ephesians 3:20-21)   

(The reading and prayer for today are adapted from reflections in “Why I Believe:  Daily Devotions on Faith and Discipleship,” edited by Alydia Smith.  Written by various authors they reflect a spectrum of faith perspectives.)