Lent 2022 – Day 1

While I did not grow up attending churches with liturgical practices, I find comfort, especially in this year, of setting aside time during the Lenten season to draw closer to the heart of God.

We certainly find ourselves in a “perfect storm” of change now, don’t we?
Just to name a few:

  • Political – recent US elections, unrest in Canada
  • Social – travel restrictions, social distancing
  • Economic – inflation, outages, global supply chain disruption
  • Medical – pandemic and its multiple variants
  • Environmental – severe drought in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa
  • Military – Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fall of Afghanistan
  • And many more…

The Bible has a lot to say about change and navigating life, particularly in the Psalms. There are many Psalms that address this theme – I have picked one that has been and continues to be particularly meaningful to me in the beginning of 2022.

In subsequent days, we’ll unpack this Psalm a bit; for today, I leave you with Psalm 46.

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

(Psalm 46, English Standard Version)

What does your soul yearn for in this Lenten season?
Let me know in the comments.