Lenten Meditation
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Lenten meditation for March 11, 2021
In the introduction to his book of reflections on the last words of Jesus from the cross, Jon Meacham wrote, “… in the midst of great suffering, Job proclaims a great faith: ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.’ If Job could know, then at least we can hope.”(1)

When I look at the news, I don’t find the kind of hope on which I’d rest my faith. 
When I look at the church, I don’t find that kind of hope either. 

Instead, in this time of pandemic, I hold with Meacham who ends his book this way:
“We know this much: In the shadow of the cross, hope – not certainty, and surely not fear – is the truth that endures despite all the pain and the heartbreak and all the tears.”

I offer Meacham’s words – as much as mine – to say that I find hope in Jesus, and I hope that you do, too. I put my trust in the Realm of God he proclaimed, his way of love, his saving death and resurrection. 
I hope that those who I’ve loved and lost, those who I love and will lose in the future, and someday I – will give up hoping, and will truly know that our Redeemer lives, and that we will live with him.

(1)                Jon Meacham, The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross (Convergent Press – Advance Uncorrected Proof – 2020)