Spiritual Life

Lent  2021

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.   Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.  To him be the power forever and ever.   Amen.  1 Peter 5:6-11

 
You are not alone.  With everything going on in the world today, it seems hard to accept this truth.  Our lives as they were before the Coronavirus pandemic have completely changed.  Many people are depressed because of their present lack of socialization.  Almost everything we do, we do alone.  As a social service coordinator caring for the elderly, I constantly hear people express their feelings of extreme loneliness, isolation, anxiety and depression in these unprecedented times.  This, plus the uncertainty of our future, is troubling.

 
Lent can also be viewed as a solitary season.  Jesus was alone in the wilderness for forty days.  This is the precursor to Lent when we focus on our individual sinfulness and our desire to make ourselves personally right with God.  But Lent need not be a time of loneliness.  

 
As I read this passage of Scripture from 1 Peter, it spoke to me in a way that seems like it was written for the present time in which we see the devil prowling around like a roaring lion looking for one to devour, intending to increase our loneliness and detachment from God.  The confidence that God is with us, knows what we are facing, and promises that He will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast, lifts me up and gives me great hope for the future.  God reassures me that I am NOT alone.  

 
As we embark on our Lenten journey, let us be mindful of the fact that no matter how alone we feel, God walks with us every step of the way.  Let us hold onto that promise for the future.  Share that promise with others by reaching out in Christian love, support and friendship. Let’s put the words of our LWML Pledge into action and glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 
Heavenly, Father, help us to serve others during this Lenten season and beyond by giving us humble hearts, strength, resources and ability.  May our service to them be evident of your love, peace, grace and mercy so that all may see you through us.  Amen.

 
Joni Mazer
The LIFE Lutheran Church, Old Westbury, NY

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