By: Ben Frazell
Readings: Psalm 39; Jeremiah 11:1-17; Romans 2:1-11
In Psalm 39, the writer peers into the sands of time and sees them falling quickly: “Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Surely everyone goes around as a shadow.” As a Shakespeare devotee, my mind immediately flashed to Macbeth, where Shakespeare writes: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player; That struts and frets his hour upon the stage; And then is heard no more.” It seems the fleeting nature of existence is a human concern throughout the ages, something we can’t escape. In Lent, as we prepare for and encounter Jesus’ death, it’s a natural time to think about our own time on the Earth. My mind flashes to how Jesus must have felt, younger than I am now and knowing he would die soon. As we live through the solemn time of Lent, I think it’s also a time to make new commitments to ourselves and others and, as Jesus himself did, make the very most of our passing time on the Earth.
Dear God, please help us to remember that in our time on Earth, you are here to watch over us and guide us through our days. Help us find meaning in our lives through our relationships and service to others.