“Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8)

God’s boundless love extends to all people in all places. During this season of Lent, we remember that even during difficult seasons, God extends mercy and hope. Follow the example of Christ; be intentional to discern God’s will and respond. Do not let fear, shame, or doubt interrupt or delay your response to God’s love. May we be motivated to love as Christ loved us, despite the shortcomings we may perceive about ourselves. Embrace the liberty to love others despite the circumstances, for each of us bear the image of God. Though our efforts may seem humble, insufficient, or maybe even unrequited at times, we have confidence that “all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Despite ourselves, our history or our abilities, with the help of the Spirit, we can confidently embrace the will of God and do great things in love. During this season of Lent, may we be transformed by God’s pure love. May we remember God’s mercy and be filled with gratitude. Let our repentance compel us to be generous in extending hope and peace in our families, relationships, and our communities, to those we know and to the stranger.

Birdie Jones