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Lenten Journey - Day 8
Whom Shall we Fear?
Whom shall we fear is a title of a Lenten reading from my Lenten Devotional from the UCC Church that I read from every morning. This was actually's yesterday reading, because I was a day behind.
The scripture, of course, is "The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
The end of the reading is so powerful I must share it with you. This was written by Talitha Arnold. "For Christians in Lent, the Psalmist's fear has particular resonance. We've embarked on a journey that leads to a cross and a cry of My God, my God why have you forsaken me? The paradox of our faith is that Jesus' story of greatest abandonment has become for us the assurance of God's greatest presence. Even when we are most afraid or forsaken, we can trust there is One who has faced that same fear and whose presence gives us the courage to face it as well."
This especially hit me, because in my life I have felt forsaken so many times.
My parents got divorced when I was 4 months old, and for reasons I will never understand they thought it best to be raised by my mom and not see my father. My mother moved home and we lived with my grandparents. I never met my dad. That causes issues now more so than it did when I was young. But my mother left me with my grandparents when I was in fourth grade to get married. She did not take me along into her new life. Forsaken by my mother.
I got married then I got divorced - forsaken by booze that ruined my husband.
Later forsaken by the love of my life, a man I met after my divorce. We bought the house together and for a brief moment in time, I had a perfect life. You know I still thank God for that time. It was how I envisioned my life. And then he left taking almost everything with him. Forsaken. Even more so, forsaken without anything.
I always turned to God, now I know why. Jesus had felt forsaken, so who more to turn to. Who better to know what it feels like to be forsaken. I am sure that God sometimes feels forsaken by us.
You know God always provided help. When I was little - it was going to Sunday School and learning I had a father in heaven, see, I wasn't forsaken by my father, I had one, just like everyone else.
Family and friends got me through the Divorce and I started going back to church eventually.
God Bless my friends, they gave me stuff when I had nothing. I still have some of that stuff!!
You know what - I found out in the process that stuff can be replaced. But not friendship and the love of God.
John 6:37 “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
Romans 8: 38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
My life is far perfect, and I am not where I wanted to be in my life. But I am here. And here is what I make it, not what others do. Life, like Lent is a Journey. With God, we are never alone and on that I stand! So, if I made you sad at all with my life story, don't be because I am not. I made me what I am. And I am a Mom, grandmother, daughter, girlfriend, significant other, friend, Sunday School teacher and so much more. Good news is it can always get better.
Love, hugs and a big Amen.