Date: March 30
Lectionary Link: https://www.lectionarypage.net/WeekdaysOfLent/WedFourthWeek.html
Contributor: Bruce Warkentien
Most mornings I sit in a chair by our bay window for morning prayer. As I stare out the window at God’s creation, I see two trees; one is a maple in a neighboring yard, the branches straight and true reaching for the heavens. In another yard is a scraggly scrub of a tree with its branches twisted and turned in every direction, like the Crown of Thorns. “They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.” Mark 15:17. Oh! How this resembles life. Like the maple tree, we strive to live our lives “straight and true” according to God’s word, but so often we find life can be “twisted and turned”. As our own lives often get twisted, it is hard to remember those whose lives are turning in every direction to deal with their own pain and suffering. For comfort let us look to two verses in Psalm 7: “Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me” Psalm 7:1, and pray “Bring an end to the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure ~ you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts” Psalm 7:9. May God’s love make straight your paths today and also untwist the roads of those who are suffering.