My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.
I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war..
Psalm 120:6&7 (King James Version)
Not an image you’d associate with Lent, eh? Anyway, welcome to Lenten Season, 2014.
I wish this post’s title was facetious, however current events lend credence to the wording. As of this writing, tensions in the Ukraine’s Crimea region are at a high. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered military intervention in the region, causing the West to react with a lot of noise. As of now, Mr. Putin’s not pulling his people out of the region where a significant pro-Russia population lives.
The current crisis in the Crimean region is endemic of a world sorely in need of Lent. If I sound as if I’m promoting my Christianity, so be it. However, we need that serious time to reflect and contemplate in a world fraught by so much tension and strife. So much is going on in our personal and collective lives that it creates a tension that could do us in if we’re not careful. Just pick up your paper, go on the Net, or turn on your news channel where you’ll be constantly bombarded with news. And the sad part, is much of what’s going on affects us on a personal level.
Tonight’s scripture speaks of war. However, I’m expanding this to our personal wars between each other and within ourselves; wars between classes and races; wars of words; not just political/military wars. God desires peace in our lives-collectively and individually. He/She desires that we put away the tension, strife, and warfare that plagues our daily living.
Maybe for this Lenten Season, one of the things we can focus on is ushering peace into our lives and situations. We could give up the penchant to quickly react and wage war, and instead reflect and respond in a peaceful manner worthy of the Christ. We could take on the challenge of Micah 6:8: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Those are my thoughts as we kick off the Lenten Season. Peace!