March 24th Lenten Devotional

A Timely Reminder

Allison Byerley

Psalm 89:5-14

As the fifth Sunday in Lent approaches and, with it, Jesus’ words about the coming end of the age, we hear the psalmist reminding us that all is not lost, that God is faithful and sovereign. All of creation recognizes this and praises for God resound from the heavens, the waves of the seas, the north and south. Righteousness and justice are the foundation and steadfast love and faithfulness go before God.

We need to hear this! Not just because the cross is getting closer but because we live in a world that continues to wait for the fulfillment of the kingdom of God. A world in which righteousness and justice are not the foundations and steadfast love and faithfulness are an aspiration. We need a timely reminder that God is present and at work in the chaos of our lives.

For today, turn off the discordant noise of the world around you. Avoid the news. Don’t look at social media. Proclaim a fast and turn instead to nature to see the glory of the Creator and hear the praises of the skies and the earth. Take a walk, outside if possible, and feel the air on your face. Spring has arrived, so look for glimpses of the new life that is emerging. Ask of the heavens, “Who is as mighty as our God?” Listen for the music of the birds as they answer. Or meditate on a beautiful work of art. Take a look at the painting of creation that begins Genesis in the amazing St. John’s Bible, which is featured here and may be seen in color at https://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Promotions/Explore/.

Prayer: God, remind me that you are here, that your steadfast love and faithfulness are with me always. Amen.

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