You believe because you have seen me:
Blessed are those who believe without seeing me. -John 20:29
the days of ice and snow keep coming I find myself looking for signs of
spring. The early days of warmth and sun were a bit of a tease when
followed by ice and accumulating inches of snowy precipitation. Whether
its sap running in maple trees, early buds pushing through the ground
or returning birds gathering on the lawn to search for breakfast – I’m
longing for the signs of spring. When I read the following Lenten
devotion it reminded me that signs aren’t just for the changing of the
season and that they are all around us when we take the energy to
really open our eyes and our hearts.
this! Buy that! Come in! Stay out! Signs are everywhere! Signs keep us
safe, provide helpful information, give us confidence and confirm that
we are going the right (or the wrong) way! As people of faith it may,
at times, seem like a few well-placed, informative signs would be most
helpful. I mean, are we doing this Christian life thing right – or
what? As hard as we may try, it can be easy for doubt to creep in.
Well, if doubt is something you can relate to, it turns out that the
Bible is filled from cover to cover with people who wanted a sign from
God that they were right! Much of the mission of Jesus was tied to
“signs.” We may call them “miracles” like turning water to wine,
raising the dead, healing the sick, feeding the 5,000 and many more.
The miracles of Jesus are signs! They are helpful! They give us
confidence and confirm that we are going the right way! What signs or
miracles of God did you see today?
Lord God, thank you for
the relationship I have with you. Help me in those moments when I doubt
and give me eyes to see the signs of your love. Amen.*
we continue to celebrate the season of Lent together I hope and pray
that you can see the signs of Christ’s presence in your life and in the
life of those around you. I want you to share those signs with each
other alongside the experience of what it was like to recognize the
signs in the first place.
There are ample opportunities to
share in the time of eye opening realization throughout Lent and into
the Easter season. Some examples from ministries that we are a part of
include, the Ecumenical Worship Services, the 40 Days of Hunger
program, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Regular Sunday Worship, Easter Food
Basket Donations, Maundy Thursday Soup and Rolls and Easter Worship.
I’m sure there are many more signs in your life every day.
*From “Don’t’ Forget to Pray” editor Heather Roth Johnson