Lent 2, Thursday, Year A

Inspired by Isaiah 51:1-3

“Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord.  Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.  Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many.”  Isaiah 51:1-2 (NRSV)

Sometimes our own experiences work against us.  We want to move forward in a positive way, but we’re haunted by our past failures.  We have difficulty imagining we can successfully make the changes that will lead us to health and wholeness, and we doubt that such a thing is even possible.

Yet God has given each and every one of us a history that goes beyond ourselves.  Regardless of our earthly origins and experiences, Christ has given us the ability to claim our place in his covenantal relationship.  And that relationship stretches through time and place, giving us a solid foundation on which to build.  We are supported by millennia of people accomplishing things that no one believed could be done.  We are surrounded by the traditions of people who experienced God’s miraculous strength in their own lives.  We are embraced by a wondrous and diverse family of ordinary people who have experienced the extraordinary grace of the Lord of all.

Be not discouraged by your own experiences and limitations; the resources you have to help you are beyond imagining, and with God all things are possible.

Let us pray.  Eternal God, your care for humanity has built a strong foundation for your people who currently inhabit the earth.  Grant us vision beyond our own limited experiences, that we may draw strength and courage from the stories of those who came before us.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.