If Lent is a time for reflection then this year we certainly have plenty to reflect on!
It is obvious that there is a Greater Power at work in recent times - Nature or whatever you wish to call it is far more powerful than man.
Who or what is that Power?
All the terrible things which seem to be happening in our world must make us wonder what is important in the greater scheme of things.
It is scary to realise that at any moment life as we know it could be changed beyond recognition or snuffed out in the blink of an eye.
Yet - some things continue as they have always done and it seems to me that TRUST is our watchword for these troubled times. Trust that season will follow season as it always has, trust that there is more to life than what we have here on this planet, trust that there is goodness at work even in these terrible situations and Trust that all will be well even if not in the way we anticipate.
O God, who creates and nourishes us we feel helpless sorrow as new pictures of desolation flash before our eyes. We pray that your comforting arms will enfold those who suffer and grieve, that your healing balm will soothe and recover. We give thanks for the rapid response of authorities, rescuers, volunteers and survivors who save and succour those they can reach. May all your people in these regions find the vigour to serve those who suffer, to bring hope and new life. May we too find the means to respond as we can. ‘Lord Jesus, we give you our hands to do your work. We give you our feet to walk in your way. We give you our tongues to speak your word. We give you our hearts to love you, now and for ever. Amen.’ (Taken and edited from The Methodist Church website )
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All images from Google except the violets one which is my own