March 19th Lenten Devotional

Fixing it

Michael Bowe

Psalm 86:8-13

Doesn’t it seem like the world is just backwards and upside down?  Depending on the news source, there is a partisan political attack or a partisan political defense of an impeached president; the economy is booming or about to crash into a recession; civil rights have never been stronger or civil rights are under attack like never before. It just seems like there is a giant mess. It just seems the dividing lines are stronger than ever before. If you are anything like me, I tend to want to fix things. Therefore, when I see a mess, I want to process and put together a plan to fix it immediately. Yet, I am perplexed trying to figure out how to fix it. I do not pretend to know the answer. However, the Psalter reminds us that we need to have an undivided heart and a heart and mind set on God’s way, not our own. Maybe, as we are experiencing lent reflecting on God and God’s greatness and sacrifice, that might be how to fix things, whatever things need to be fixed. After all, as the Psalter writes, “There is none like God.” Nothing matches the Lord’s deeds and all things were created by God. Maybe in a divided world where we do not know the answer, we can strive to know more about God, who is matchless in deeds and able to deliver us from whatever depths our hearts can imagine.

Holy and gracious God, help me to remember your greatness when my world turns upside down. Help me to know your ways and create in me an undivided heart to help mend a deeply divided world.

Michael Bowe, D.Min. works for a men’s drug and alcohol recovery center in Huntsville AL.

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