I haven’t mentioned service in a while, the fourth pillar of Lent. Why I haven’t is because there are so many people going above and beyond by serving their neighbors. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to all the people who have offered to bring us groceries, take me to the doctor’s, and all kind’s of service. Not to mention the health care, law enforcement, and fire officials who stand ready at personal risk to help in the event of emergencies. And please don’t let me leave out those people who work for minimum wages to stock the food shelves, pick up the garbage, and deliver packages and necessities. This virus has made me even more appreciative.
One of the things I’ve noticed this Lent is the look of hope on the people who walk by my window or I pass on my walks. Everyone is scared, sacrificing, and nervous, but more than anything they are hopeful. In every voice I hear is a confident tone of hope. Nothing tells me more than that voice of hope that we will endure and get past this. God instills in each of us a hidden nugget of hope that comes out whenever we are in a crisis.
This Lenten season is a time to embrace hope for all its worth. God gives us hope, and in him/her is hope.