Daily Reflection: The Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Holy Week reminds us of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. While many of us have been sacrificing or stripping things away this season, as a way to walk more closely with God, sometimes those sacrifices are not welcome or our choice. Where is God in the midst of our unwilling and unplanned sacrifices?

Sky above Clouds IV by Georgia O'Keeffe

I Miss the Way It Was

The leaves are gone from all the trees

No green or summer sun

Instead of warmth and bloom, It’s cold

Devoid of leisureness

Dead leaves are littered all around

Denuded limbs remain

No songbird’s careless tittering

Or languid soaring kites

The verdant hedge of green is gone

I miss the way it was

And yet, what’s missing, helps me see

The clarity of now

The net of barren sticks and twigs

Is framing what’s beyond

Instead of seeing leaves and buds

I now see sky and clouds

COLLECT OF THE DAY

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, renew in us the gifts of your mercy; increase our faith, strengthen our hope, enlighten our understanding, widen our charity, and make us ready to serve you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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FURTHER READING

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