April 9th Lenten Devotional

Denial Hurts

Jo Mead

Mark 14:22-42

JI have said words in a time of emotion that I failed to live into. It is so easy to speak words yet harder to live into the promise of the words. In times of trial and hardship I have said “you are in my prayers”, yet I didn’t actually pray. In times of hardship I have said, “Please call me if you need anything” which gets me off the hook for thinking of ways to help my friend. In fact, it puts the burden on my friend to tell me what I can do. Jesus says to his closest followers even you will deny me. Those words hurt Peter and the others as they had just finished a beautiful meal together. And maybe, Jesus says the same to us today. We have denied the life and passion of Christ when we continue our ways without regard to the environment. We deny Christ when we stand in silence as laws are enacted to push our siblings into cages, health care is a bargaining tool and sexuality is commodity. We deny Jesus has changed our lives and purpose in life when clean water is at risk for many in our world and we continue to add chemicals to the ground which may never be pure again. Our world is at risk and yet pretend as if we are unable to make changes which give future generations hope for their lives. We must open our eyes and hearts to follow the life of Jesus to finding shalom for all.

Lord, show me your way today. Give me courage to say yes to you. Amen.

Reverend Jo Mead serves the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas at University United Methodist Church. A place where all people are  welcomed in the spirit of shalom.

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