Lenten Reflection for March 23

Today’s Readings
Psalm 146
Isaiah 59:9–19
Acts 9:1–20

Pastor Bryon’s Reflection

News of the pandemic hit hard yesterday. I’m pretty sure it had something to do with the fact that it was Sunday morning and, like you, I had to stay home.

I decided to pour my morning coffee into a mug that bears an image of Julian or Norwich. I usually reach for that mug in times of anxiety or fear. Julian, the 14th century English mystic and anchoress, was noted for saying, “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”

Julian’s divine revelation has become a kind of mantra or prayer for many people. Neither a glib denial of reality or a simple panacea, Julian’s words remind us of God’s enduring love. In times like these, Julian’s words have been impetus for me to live hopefully and be gentle with myself, my loved ones, and my neighbors.

Today’s readings remind us that we often “grope like those who have no eyes.” (Isaiah) In the story of Saul’s conversion (Acts 9), they remind us, too, that God causes scales to fall from our eyes and blesses us with new vision so that we may behold the light of Christ that no darkness can overcome.
Pastor Hansen