Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Our Lenten Journey
Daily Reflections for Lent 2021
by The St. Jude’s Writers

Where is your God?                        

Reading: Joel 2: 1 – 2, 12 – 17

Scripture: “Why should it be said among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'” (Joel 2:17)

Reflection: Change and decay in all around I see. The year, so far, has been anything but boring. Crime is on the increase; democracy is in peril, and the statistics of sickness and death have become more grim. And, just about when we were expecting to exhale, we learn of new strains of the corona virus, COVID-19, that will likely make the unwelcome guest remain a little longer. “What next?” we ask in exasperation. “When will this end?” 

And, as we summon up the glimmer of hope that flickers faintly in our hearts, we timidly ask ourselves, “How can we make the best of this sad situation?” “What is God trying to teach us?” We have no ready answers, and the frustration grows, evn among those of us with robust faith. Some find ways to use humour to make light of it, but the humour is more often a mask that covers their frustration.

It is Lent in the year 2021 and we are called, yet again, to be still, to reflect on life and the goodness of God. We are alive; we are here for a purpose, and we must commit our efforts to finding God’s purpose for our lives and move deftly to achieve that purpose. It is all too easy for us to get sucked into the vortex of sadness that forms the daily diet of news in its many and varied forms. But, as tempting and as comforting as it may be, this is not the time to wallow in the gutter of despair and pity. What is God asking of us? 

As believers, our strength lies in the fact that He is our hope and our light. He has promised to always be with us. He has promised to never leave us. He calls uss to get out of the boat and walk on water to Him. It will not be easy but, we are reminded in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. Let us use the opportunity of the continuing pandemic to consciously and deliberately look for ways to strengthen our faith, to exercise that faith and to demonstrate and share our faith, so no one can ask, “Where is your God?” 

Meditation: “Shine through the gloom… O Lord, abide with me.” (CPWI #7)

Prayer: Father God, my stronghold and defender, I pray to You today for guidance and support as I journey through these perilous times. I have placed both my hads in Yours, as I rely on You totally, to lead the way. Amen.

St. Jude’s Church
Stony Hill
Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands
Wednesday, 17 February 2021