Lenten Reflection for Tue of Holy Week 3/26/2013

Christ Ascending Detail

Christ Ascending Detail

Psalm 71:1-14 Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 John 12:20-36

You have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence
since my youth. —-Psalm 71: 1-14

I’m not fond of the Psalms. So often they drift into begging,
despair, or general meanness, but this one I can handle.
It doesn’t shrink from asking for God‘s help, for sure we NEED
it! It even hints at despair and meanness. But for me the main point
here is that God is our refuge and fortress.
We will surely have to deal with trouble and difficult times. Jesus certainly
wasn’t spared them, so why do we think we’d be free of them?
God is our hope especially if things looks hopeless.
I recently saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
whose main character was an enthusiastic young man trying to get a
rundown hotel up and running as things are going wrong left and
right. His mantra was

“Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s
not alright, it’s not the end yet.”

How true of our hope in God. Things may look bleak for you, for
Jesus, for the world, but God knows the real ending…we can have
confidence in Him!
Barb Lambdin
musician, cyclist, camper, helper


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