by Ella Cleveland
Readings: Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 15:10-21, Ephesians 4:25-32
How does one get refreshed in these desert times—these arid, barren, and difficult times? You may start by praying Psalm 23. I like to act it out, that is, lie down in the green pasture, grass, or carpet. Let Jesus lead you beside some quiet waters, perhaps the Canal Path or the Potomac River, or maybe your bathtub. Sit at the table He has prepared for you, and let Him anoint you. Your soul will be restored, as promised—if you pray the psalm with your whole body.
The Ephesians passage can help us with the deserts happening in some of our relationships. Following the advice of St. Paul we should speak truthfully; not let the sun go down on our anger; build others up; get rid of bitterness and gossip; and be kind and compassionate. Imagine how refreshed our relationships would become! I’ve often thought that this passage should be read at weddings as sound advice for the couple making promises.
Loving God, we thank you for your inspired Word that guides and refreshes us on our earthly journey. Help us this Lent to encounter your Word more often and with real enthusiasm. Amen.