St. Helen’s Daily Lenten Devotional
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
The Lord is Risen indeed. Alleluia!
We make this proclamation with joy even in the midst of life’s realities. In Ontario we are, this April, in another ‘lockdown’, with statistics high for new Covid cases and numbers in the ICU escalating. The world is fractured, with endless news reports of injustice and violence and disaster. And then there are the all the other challenges of our daily lives, employment, financial worry, physical and mental health concerns, broken or stressed relationships, personal loss and grief. We are coping, just.
And yet, as the Lenten season ends, and yes, spring comes to the earth, we can choose to joyfully celebrate our faith. Not perhaps with the glorious Easter community celebrations we have enjoyed in the past, but with the assurance within our souls that ‘this too shall pass’ and that, even so, our God, the Living God, is with us through it all. In the Risen Christ the promise is fulfilled, life eternal and new life now, today: God’s gift of grace to us all.
So I’m breathing in Your grace
And breathing out Your praise
I’m breathing in Your grace
Forever I’ll be…
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me.
Your Grace Finds Me
by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin
A Note to Readers: I pray that “Of Water, Born” has nurtured you through this Lenten season, helping you to engage in the joyful discipline of mindfulness of God’s presence in your life. If you feel that the habit of reading a daily Devotional has offered you sustenance on your journey, there are many options online as well as print booklets to continue to guide you on the Way. I encourage you to persevere in your spiritual disciplines of worship, prayer, study, fasting and giving generously of yourself and your abundance, both for your own health and wholeness and for the building up of the Body of Christ the Church.
We will get through this pandemic crisis. Stay home. Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay faithful.
Easter Blessings 2021, Susan+