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Lenten meditations: Wednesday, April 16

Columbia Biblical Studies: Wednesday, April 16
Columbia Biblical Studies: Wednesday, April 16
George Hodan

As we enter the sixth and final week of Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each is accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, submit your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us complete our 2012 Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation through the final days, to the joyous resurrection on Easter morning.

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Today’s scripture readings are from Lamentations 2:1-9, 2 Corinthians 1:23, 2:11 and Mark 12:1-11.

Years ago an Episcopal priest at the beach stood at the chancel steps and said, “The message in Lent is relax, kids.” That was his sermon. He faced the altar and continued on with the service. Obviously, I chose to remember it.

I got serious about my faith back in 1955. My amazing discoveries certainly include the power of Christ’ forgiveness, giving me the gift of being able to forgive others. That means if there is a place in the kingdom for me, there is a place for all God’s children.

We have a fantastic Lord! He answers prayers, never in a hurry, but on time. During a most stressful period, when Tom was so ill in 2010, I was overwhelmed with fear, anxiety, and the whole nine yards. Over and over as I screamed for help, soon a sense of peace would come. In listening prayer, out of desperation, I was told to trust Him and that He was in charge of all things, not just some things, and that included Tom and me. If I had not been a believer before, I would have become one.

The emphasis is on Him, not me and what I do and how I shape up. The question again and again I ask is, “What is the character of my God?” The cross in my name and the power of His resurrection giving me and us all the gift of living forever helps me to see something of what love is all about. His involvement in our daily lives is mind-boggling.

Today as we move toward the cross and the fabulous joy of Easter, offering grateful hearts to Him, could we choose to ponder the message of the priest at the beach and relax into the wonder of it all?

Nibbie Boyle

Daughters of the Holy Cross

Columbia, South Carolina

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