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Lenten meditations: Wednesday, March 19

Columbia Biblical Studies: Wednesday, March 19
Columbia Biblical Studies: Wednesday, March 19
George Hodan

As we continue our journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be 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, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.

Today’s scripture readings are: Genesis 45:1-15, 1 Corinthians 7:32-40 and Mark 6:1-13.

Joseph has been in captivity for several years and now identifies himself to his brothers. He suggests that they and their families come to Egypt along with their animals so he can provide for them all. So, despite the terrible plan carried out by the brothers, it was God’s plan all along that saved the entire family. God does turn this evil act into a salvation. Oh, may we try to find God’s hand in our choices and find the good where we thought there was pain.

Joseph sets a great example of forgiveness towards his brothers and he values the reunion with them and his opportunity to save them from the consequences of the famine. He had no control of his own destination or circumstances except for his attitude and use of his skills. His master recognized that the Lord was with him. Do others recognize the same in us?

Whenever I need a new beginning, may I respond with trust in God and believe that my goals are achievable. Every journey of note requires inspiration and dedication and a destination.

Our mutual spiritual journey was begun from many different places and it is here at Trinity that we have come together to worship, pray, become interactive with the large variety of offerings in order to help others as well as spark our own journey. It is a wonderful feeling to realize the achievement of the restoration, the building of the TCS&M, as well as adjusting to any other parish issue. Never have we been alone as we individually and corporately faced challenges, as God has always been with us. I need to recognize Him as my constant partner on this road and give Him generous thanks for loving me and providing situations that help my faith to grow. I feel blessed to share the experiences and opportunities at Trinity.

I need to set and keep my goals and pray for the discipline that is so often needed to achieve that goal. This journey is for a lifetime with changing goals as years go by. I need to keep my eyes focused on Christ. Maybe Peter, in trying to walk on water to reach Jesus, took his eyes off of Him and consequently sank! That is a lesson for me. My short term mission is to realize more spiritual reading and bible study this Lent – and beyond, of course!

Jean Davis

Member, Trinity Cathedral

Columbia, South Carolina

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