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Lenten Meditation for Thursday, April 6, 2017

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I Dwell in the Word.  I do it often.  And I dwell in the same text for many weeks.  I sometimes get to the point that I think I will never find anything new in this same old text.  And then I dwell again, and find something brand new.  How does this happen?

I’ve come to realize that Dwelling works because each time that I dwell in that same old text, I am in a different place.  Different things are going on in my life and in the lives of those I know and love.  That’s the miracle of Scripture . . . that it talks to us in different ways, depending on who we are, and where we are.  It seems always to work for me that way.

Psalm 131 is called a Song of Quiet Trust . . .

                But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

                Like a weaned child with its mother;

                My soul is like the weaned child that is with me.

As I dwell in that verse today, I am in a very different place than I’ve ever been before.

I am a new grandparent.  My life changes every time I FaceTime with my granddaughter and my daughter and my son-in-law.  Because I am in a different place.  Different things are going on in my life and in the lives of those I know and love.

I have learned that it’s important that I have a period of quiet trust.  I do have a deep trust in God—yet I need to make that an even deeper part of my being.  To truly believe and understand that God is there even as I change each day, that God is with me all the time.  That God is the one that makes my soul like that of a weaned child that is with me.

Because a weaned child is with me.

At this time in Lent, as we move ahead, may we all quiet our souls . . . like the weaned child that is with us.

The Readings 

Psalm 131 / Psalm 132 / Psalm 133

Jeremiah 26:1-16

Romans 11:1-12

John 10:19-42

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