I Peter 3: 14b-16a
Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.
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I enter into this Lenten season in a pastoral quandary. I don't want to force the message of Lent on a people who are already suffering. The people whom I am called to serve have been in a Lenten-type of journey for months in the time of recovery from the hurricane flooding. Thousands are still unable to return to their homes or are living in difficult conditions. They have been forced to deal with their loss of possessions, accumulation of things and take a hard look at what they value. Some are penitent ....some are not. But that is the way the Lenten season comes and goes. We look at our selves. We look to Christ. Some grow. Some don't. I asked a small group the other day what they needed to hear from me this Lent. They said, "Hope." May we all enter this season not with fear but a gentle willingness account for the hope that is within us.
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Help us speak the hope within us, Lord, even when we are afraid. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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