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Lenten Devotional – April 1, 2019

By: Catherine Kimball-Eayrs

Readings: Leviticus 23:26-41; Revelation 19:1-8; Psalm 53

Both of our readings for today talk about different forms of celebration. In the reading from Leviticus, we are educated about the different days of Sabbath, atonement and festivals and how they should be set apart and celebrated. In Revelation, we are brought to understand that a judgement has occurred and there is a celebration of the power and glory of our Lord. As I read these passages, and thought about our theme of resilience for Lent, I thought about how even in some of the most stressful times of my life, being able to celebrate and laugh, is what made all the difference. During my deployment to Iraq from 2006 to 2007, there were more than enough hard times and, without resiliency, could have been a truly devastating time of my life. But I was particularly blessed to be surrounded by so many who were able to find humor, and celebrate life, even at times when it seemed the hardest. One evening, we were huddled in our cement bunkers waiting for the all clear after another attack on our base. We had been waiting in the dark for a while, when I heard the voice of one of my soldiers. “They better not have hit the Easter Bunny….cause I really need some chocolate now!” We all laughed and the stress level dropped….palpably. This humor that came out of the darkness was just a reminder to me of the reality that resilience is about finding ways to find the joy (and humor) and to celebrate. These readings in Leviticus and Revelation teach us about celebration – and resilience reminds us to celebrate at ALL times.

Lord, I ask you for the ability to find humor and joy even during the times when they seem the furthest away. May each day be a demonstration of our resilience and ability to celebrate You. Amen.

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