Lent 4, Wednesday, Year B

Inspired by Isaiah 60:15-22

“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.” Isaiah 60:19 (NRSV)

God provides all that we need to survive and thrive, up to and including the very light we see by. Every resource we have comes from the Lord—both the most basic elements such as light, food, water, and materials for shelter, and the ability to process and create more complex consumables. The Lord God provides it all.

But the basic elements are much easier to see than the Lord who provides them, and it is much easier to congratulate ourselves for our own cleverness at inventing and building things than to credit the One who gave us our abilities. Yet there will be a time when those basic elements will run dry, and our inventiveness will fail. But the source of our being will still be there, and our needs will continue to be met by the same One who meets them now.

Let us pray. Creator God, you are the source of all life and being. Grant us the humility to give you thanks for all that we have, that we may continue to abide peacefully in your loving embrace. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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