March 23, 2015
Daily Scripture Readings for Lent 2015
These daily readings are adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, Daily Readings for Lent Year One.
I get excited about recycling. ‘Excited’ might seem extreme, but that’s how I feel. I like the thought that something I’ve used can be used again. Something that served to carry home my groceries could be transformed into mulch, or a drink bottle. An old t-shirt could be used to make a quilt. Rotting bananas make the most delicious bread. I like the concept that nothing goes to waste. I often stand at my refrigerator and reimagine leftovers, just for the sake of the challenge. I’m sure I got that from my mother who can see different possibilities in a single object. To me that’s an act of grace.
In the Old Testament passage, the Lord shows Jeremiah two baskets of figs. One, the Lord says are good figs, very good. The other basket is filled with bad figs, very bad, the Lord qualifies. (I’m immediately thinking, ‘BAD figs or fig preserves? fig sauce? compost?’ That’s just where my mind goes.) But the Lord is done with those very bad figs. They are the kings of Judah, who have defiled God. The leaders have taken the responsibility of care for God’s people and instead have abused their power and they have mocked the name of God. God is done.
But the other basket, the good figs, is the remnant of Israel. The Lord has another plan for them, but that plan involves uprooting and transplanting and growing them up in another place far away. Uprooting, transplanting, places far away from home, I’m sure all this felt very hopeless for the remnant of Israel. But just the opposite was happening. God was planning a ‘new thing’.
Each of our scriptures for today deals with some imperfection of humanity and the wonder at God’s patience with us and the power of God’s plan to choose to do new things. We are God’s creation. Created good FOR good. God wants us to trust that and to live within that promise. We get off track and God pulls us back – pushing, pulling, at times uprooting us. What grace. God is NOT through with us, but God asks us to trust HIS presence and HIS will. Our work is to stay close.
Lord, this day belongs to You and I am grateful to be in it. Be known to me. Guide my steps. You are God. Amen.