Devotional Submission for the Week of the Annual State Prayer Meeting
From the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible we have these words from the Prophet Jeremiah:
“…the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strength,…”
In these days of the Pandemic with the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic we are very much aware of our fears, but more so, of our mortality. The Christian Church at this moment are in the final days of Lent, a season of penitential introspection and actions as we are reminded that the season began some 40 days prior with Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent was observed with ashes being placed on our foreheads with the words:
“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Lent is a season that immediately strikes us with the reality of our own mortality.
But this is not a time of fear. Rather it is a challenge to seek the goodness that God has endowed us to have. We are nothing outside of the One who created us and breathed life into us. This is the Lord who gives and takes away, for we are created in God’s divine image to be God’s living presence with this earthly pilgrimage. When we pass from this world we die to this world, but not to life; we are simply changed and come into a new life in and through our God and Creator. This is what gives us the ability to know that no evil, even death, will have the victory. It is with such hope, grace and love that we are a “resurrection people,” able to love and support one another during good and bad times.
Submitted by the Very Rev. Dr. William L. Stomski
Dean and Rector, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral