March 29th Lenten Devotional

Tenacity

Andrea Allan

Luke 18:1-8

 We live in a world that is full of injustice – millions of people live in war torn countries, children die from lack of nutrition, the homeless population is full of people suffering from mental illness, and the list goes on. Dwelling on the injustices in the world can become exhausting and defeating.  It is easy to wonder if the work and prayer we do makes any difference.

Luckily, we have stories like the one Jesus shared today to remind us that indeed our work and prayer does matter!  The parable we read today helps to give those of us who pray, work, and fight for justice, hope and strength for our work.  It is easy to feel like we are alone in our struggle for justice, to feel like we are not making the world any better, but in our reading today Jesus reminds us that while the fight for justice might feel long and hopeless, the long struggle is worth the fight!  The widow had no one and no money, but she did have hope and strength to continue to fight for what was right.  It took time, it took prayer, it took persistence, but she managed to get justice in the end! In times of despair, when we wonder if anything we do matters, let us remember the widow who persisted in what was right and finally saw justice.

Thanks be to God for the strength and tenacity we all have.

 

Rev. Andrea Allan ministers in a rural charge in Embro, Ontario at Knox United Church of Canada. She lives with her husband and daughter in Stratford Ontario.

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