Thursday, April 24
Daily Office: Ezekiel 37:1-14 ¨ Psalm 146 ¨ Acts 3:11-26 ¨ John 15:12-27
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! — Psalm 146
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
— John 15:12
We walk through the desert of Lent so that we may know the joy of Easter and the promise of renewal and rebirth.
During Lent, I separate myself, going into the desert, examining my life, paring away the unimportant, trying to decide what is essential in my life. I realize it is necessary to stay a while in this uncomfortable place, possibly even knowing temptation, surely suffering from the absence of comfort and joy that I find in Easter.
A friend reminded me of a quote from one of our favorite movies, Defending Your Life where Albert Brooks’ character, defends his life choices in an afterlife courtroom. His defense attorney, played by Rip Torn says, “FEAR is like a giant FOG. It Sits on your brain and blocks everything—real feelings, true happiness, real joy. They can’t get through that fog. But you lift it, buddy, and you are in for the ride of your life.”
The lifting fog allows me to realize that I don’t have to be everything or do everything. All good things come from God. My only commandment is “to love one another as Jesus loves me” John 15
Now, I can fully live in the joy of Easter and “Praise the Lord, O my soul!” Psalm 146.
I’m in for the ride of my life!
- Mark Edge
I was received into the Episcopal Church at St. Stephen’s in 1997. I serve on the Altar Guild and as a Leader in Children’s Chapel. I have served on the Vestry since 2012.