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Lenten Lights JJ ~ Holding out Hope

Spring - Japanese Red Maple

Just a few weeks ago, on the third day of Lent (March 7) I wrote about standing in “hope and expectation that new leaves will appear soon” on this very tree. Now in Holy Week my hope and expectation have been fulfilled. It is a run-of-the-mill, every-year miracle. Recently I heard something about miracles as changes in perception. Miracles can also come in the form of changes in the weather, or changes in the season, or changes in the material world.

As we approach the hardest days of Lent, these Holy Week days when death and betrayal are immanent, I hold on to the words from Hebrews: “do not grow weary or lose heart.” Hold out hope and expectation. Miracles are underway.