I fear no evil, for you are with me. Psalm 23:4
Today is the twentieth day of the forty-day Lenten journey. At this halfway point, it is good to pause and meditate on Psalm 23, appointed for Sunday worship. At the heart of the psalm, halfway through, we read this confession of faith: I fear no evil, for you are with me.
The divine voice wakes us, surprises us, summons us, commands us to live faithfully with courage, creativity, and strength. The greeting “Fear not!” is woven throughout scripture, appearing at least 365 times in a wonderful variety of circumstances, one greeting for every day of the year.
A fearful posture impedes our witness. Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall shared in the March 18 webinar Living Well in the Midst of Conflict that the tendency to not be our best selves is heightened by the current fear and threat. Yet, when we feel constrained, creativity exerts itself. May this be true among us in these days.
COVID-19 continues to advance, with increasing impact upon life—employment, education, communities of faith. As Christ’s people, we respond in partnership with one another with courage and creativity. Hear John Wesley’s last words of praise and thanksgiving: The best of all, God is with us. Continue in your hearts and homes to gaze upon the life and ministry of St. Romero.
Eternal God, may your goodness and sufficiency overflow through us into the world, even in the constraints of this time. Lord Jesus, may we look to the edges, living with care and compassion, caring for the most vulnerable people in our communities. Holy Spirit, guide your church through the challenges of this particular Lent even to the cross and finally to the empty tomb. Amen.
From the NC Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Immigration Alliance
To become educated this week:
Inform your legislators and local public officials about the practical problems families are facing.
To cultivate growth this week:
Host a listening session/forums and invite affected community members to share their stories.
To advocate this week:
Advocate with elected leaders for immigration reform that creates a legal pathway for our immigrant neighbors.