Daily Worship

Even in the darkness

Liz Crumlish March 06, 2021 0 2
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John 12: 24 (NRSVA)

24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

In the darkness we have known


we give thanks for gifts of light


In a season that held great loss we give thanks


for relationships strengthened


for love borne out in myriad ways that made a difference


For all the signs of God in those we encountered


those who held out faith when our own wavered


and those for whom we were enabled to be companions on the way


We give thanks for the rediscovery


of gifts we had laid aside


forgotten in their familiarity


that became precious once more


as they became harder to reach and all the more longed for


And in our thanksgiving


we embrace the wisdom revealed


that, hopefully we won’t let go so easily


as we forge a new future


diminished by loss


yet strengthened by shared experience


that reminds us


that love is stronger than death


and light penetrates darkness


and that there is no place


that takes us beyond God’s reach.


May our reflection


continue to enable insight


changing the way we embrace the future


in the knowledge that we are held


always in the love and light of God


and that, in every darkness, God is at work.

Lent Disciplines

What practices in church life have to die in order to let new things flourish?