Tuesday, March 2, 2021
An excerpt from Hebrews 11:1 (NRSV):
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Reflection from Sudi Johnson:
As I write this reflection, it is the 19th anniversary of my husband’s death. I think about our decision to enter into hospice and how my faith had stirred up in me the confidence to propose this. I felt deeply that we needed to ‘go home’ – to enjoy the days we could have, without the merry-go-round of doctor appointments, looking for a physical healing where none was to be found.
Surprise! We got more time than we were told to expect – only God knows, right? This passage reminds me of all of our hopes for our family that we didnt ‘realize’ at the timeand that my husband did not get to ‘see’.
• within months, both daughters had begun advanced schooling or new career paths – one in her dad’s profession.
• Within 2 years, both daughters’ FIRST boyfriends became future sons-in-law.
• 8 years later, both daughters were pregnant at the same time with their first child. They welcomed their second children – again within months of each other.
Please consider continuing to read this chapter. I found verses 13-16 especially meaningful. The Message, the paraphrase Bible, also was comforting.
Photograph by Kyle Soonthornsima
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45; Genesis 22:1-19; Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-19
“hope faith life love”
Text: e.e. cummings; music: Eric Whitacre
“hope, faith, life, love
dream, joy, soul, truth”
Tags: Lent 2021