Lent Alphabet (D)

DESERT

The Lord will always guide you, giving you relief in DESERT places. He will give strength to your bones and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters never run dry.

Lent invites us into the desert and the Exodus experience of the Israelites.

I hear in Isaiah’s words the motif of the covenantal bond between God and Israel. While the demands are high and far reaching for Israel, God promises to sustain them.

Isaiah’s words were originally for a people in Exile. He holds out the hope of their triumphant return to their own land. This will need a change in political fortunes and also a change in their hearts and minds. If they can make this change they are promised strength in their bones and relief from what has been the ‘desert’ of their lives in Exile. The promise to Israel that they will be like a spring that never runs dry is such a helpful image for Lent. Lent is as much about our refreshment as our own desert experiences.

How do you hear God’s promise today?

(Isaiah 58:9-14, Saturday after Ash Wednesday)