Friday, April 03, 2009

Jeremiah 29:1-13, Psalm 22, Romans 11:13-24, John 11:1-27

“In God we Trust!”

We see these words almost every day, but do we heed these words? Today’s readings led me to reflect on the words that this country holds dear. With the abundance of wealth and possibility available to us, how much trust in God do we really have? To truly trust in God, do we need to save and keep our money? Spend our time accumulating things or worrying about the stock market and the economic roller coaster? We should not have these worries. Instead, as Christians with faith in our hearts, we should trust and be kind and generous each and every day. But do I, or do you, have that child-like faith that God is wanting for us? To have trust in this way is to remove worry from our hearts and replace it with love and kindness, but it also means letting go of control and responsibility that we, as adults, are taught we should have.

In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord declares, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Psalm 22, which starts with the famous cry, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me,” actually talks very positively about those with trust and faith being satisfied and having their needs met. The Gospel reading is one we know, the death of Lazarus. Who cannot admire the complete faith that Mary and Martha had in Jesus and the power of God that He represented? Which one of us could imagine asking God to bring back to life someone we love dearly, and God, through Jesus, making it happen? Would we ask for such a miracle? Would we truly believe it could happen? Trust should never be dependent on guaranteed results. Trust and faith in God should be because our hearts tell us it is the right thing to do, and it should be what we want to do. True trust and faith in God allows us to let go of fears and worries and to share our time and funds with others. It frees our hearts for love and our time for kindness. During Lent, I pray that we all have faith and that we trust in God always.

--ATL

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