God Our Provider
Hands reaching. Hearts hoping. Souls crying out to be saved from the very real oppression and injustice in everyday life. In these times we feel insecure and unsafe and cling to temporal things for momentary relief from our grief. Perhaps we lament, “Why are you allowing this to happen, O God?”, as our Psalmist David intimates (Ps. 102:23-24) Who will set the captive free? Who will reverse the tide of injustice? Who will deliver us from our grief? Where can joy be found? Questions of restoration linger in the echoes of our mind. The psalmist echoes our cries.
In Lent we contemplate the state of our lives and the lives of others. As we feel our hurts and lament God’s seeming absence let us not lose faith and hope that the Christ, who has shared in our every experience, will meet us in the darkest places physically, mentally, and spiritually. God’s faithfulness in Christ allows us to sit in the midst of darkness and not lose hope but cling fast to the faithfulness of One who provides all that we need. God has been faithful before. God will be faithful to provide and restore us to fullness of life again. (Ps. 102: 27-28)
We pray: God of provision and restoration, grant us faith in our questioning and peace in our turmoil. Let us endure with you in this Lenten season clinging fast to the cross in the promise that we too will be resurrected and redeemed with Christ.
Amelia Houdek is pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Spring Valley, WI, a church connecting to God, our neighbor, and the world.
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