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Here we are, coming to the end of our Lenten Journey.  We have taken stock of the words we use as to whether they kill or heal.  We have looked at the toxicity of our culture that poisons our minds and our spirits with stress, anxiety, fear. We have identified the demons that possess our nation, that hold us captive and that devalue and destroy the lives of the most vulnerable.  And we have heard the words of hope.  God has given us everything we need for life and godliness.  God has built into creation the antidote for our distress.  God has formed us into a community of wellness.  God wills “Shalom” for God’s creation.

A new day is on the horizon.  Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we see God’s new creation.  Chains are broken. The sick are healed.  The dead are raised. The lame walk. The blind see.  ALL God’s children experience abundant life.

Tomorrow, our Lenten Fast will end, but our journey toward life will continue.  I pray that you will continue to resist the devil and take your stand against the powers of injustice and systems of death.  I pray that you will continue to renounce the old words that kill the spirit and the old ways that destroy life.  I pray that your minds will be continually renewed and your lives be continually transformed into the likeness of Christ.

“Now may the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together spirit, soul, and body, and keep you fit for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (The Message)

 

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