A Lenten Reflection

“Whatever you give up will be replaced tenfold.”

This week I was struck by the limitlessness of God and our struggles to be reconciled to that. There are no limits to God’s love for us, yet we must be accountable for our actions, or inactions. This is a time for us to pause, and reflect on our responsibility to accept and account for God’s love at work in our lives.

At this time of year, as the light increases in the sky perceptibly, I can lift my eyes to a greater horizon and dream of my summer garden. It is easier to wonder and imagine, now the darkness is receding. But we are also called to dream in awe of how we can be God’s stewards and servants in the midst of the gloom. That is a tough one for me. Lent allows us to corporately give each other permission to have some doubts and look to the light of Easter for hope.

Here is the text of Hymn 382 which resonates to this theme:

King of glory, King of peace,
I will love thee;
and that love may never cease,
I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
thou hast heard me;
thou didst note my working breast,
thou hast spared me.

Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing thee,
and the cream of all my heart
I will bring thee.
Though my sins against me cried,
thou didst clear me;
and alone, when they replied,
thou didst hear me.

Seven whole days, not one in seven,
I will praise thee;
in my heart, though not in heaven,
I can raise thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
to enroll thee:
e’en eternity’s too short
to extol thee.

Words: George Herbert, 1633

May we have a blessed Lent together.

Deacon Ann