A SEASON OF FRESH HOPE (LENT 2022)
Lately I've noticed that the daily news wears me out The way current events are presented, you'd think we live in a land of jaded, pessimistic, even angry neighbors. How could this be true in such a favored nation as ours? It seems healthier-and more in keeping with our faith-to live hopefully. While this may seem an odd mood for our season dedicated to penitence, Lent naturally flows in the direction of hope's fulfillment. Prophets predict dire consequences but always leave a door open onto a better future. Disciples doubt and falter, then Jesus returns to forgive and lift their faith higher. Enemies scheme and attack, yet even death is deprived of its sting. Lent has its sinister moments, to be sure. Still, walking through the valley of shadows with Jesus means we have nothing to fear.
Psalm 124 contains these comforting lines:
We escaped with our lives
like a bird from the fowler's snare;
the snare was broken,and we escaped. (Ps 124:7)
How often you and I escape from bitter circumstances! Some are of our own invention. At other times, we manage to survive injury, disappointment, and moral testing that came unbidden. Escape frequently comes in the form of divine rescue: God's messenger frees us from the snare we're in. Let's spend this season deepening our commitment to freedom as people of hope in a world seriously in need of rescue.
Author: Alice Camille
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications