Dear Lonely and Abandoned,
Jesus quoted Psalm 22 as he died upon the cross. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.” (Mark 15:34) Alone and abandoned our Lord died upon the cross.
The feeling of abandonment is potentially the worst of all human experiences. What is the purpose of abandonment? What good can God glean from the experience of desperate human isolation? To be honest, I am not sure.  In our lifetime we may never become fully aware of the potential the creator can make out of such dark days. Yet I trust Christ is at work in all of life’s circumstances.
The late Roman Catholic theologian Henri Nouwen offers this: “Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered. This means that the pains and struggles of which Jesus became part made him listen more perfectly to God. In and through his sufferings, he came to know God and could respond to his call. Maybe there are no better words than these to summarize the meaning of the option for the poor. Entering into the suffering of the poor is the way to become obedient, that is, a listener to God. Suffering accepted and shared in love breaks down our selfish defenses and sets us free to accept God’s guidance.”
To follow in the way of Christ, is to be open to the possibilities of what might come from times of abandonment. Let us not so much pray to escape or understand the why, as to live in the hope that God is operative in all circumstances of our lives. “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Opportunities to ministry to the abandoned(which is both us and the other):
The Lenten soup supper is tonight, 6pm at Great Beginnings restaurant.
Communal spiritual formation and worship follows from 630-730pm.
Consider serving this Saturday, March 25th at the “Bike Repair Workshop “ at Open Door. See the website for details.
Let us pray for Debbi Meador and all who are sick. May our health care system be one that best uses the resources we have been blessed with to serve all. Let there be healing, peace and hope for all people. May illness never create an abandonment beyond the reach of God’s relational capacity.
Still in One Peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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