March 18, 2016
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
I love you, O [uc]Lord[/uc], my strength,
O [uc]Lord[/uc], my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
A couple of years ago, we visited the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta. There's a tour there, during which you can peer through windows and see lots and lots of paper money being collected and sorted. At the end, you take away a little plastic bag full of shredded bills, once "worth" something, now "worth" nothing.
And, of course, I had to then answer the question, "Why is one piece of paper worth something and another not?" Try answering that question when it comes from an 8-year-old. Try answering it for yourself. What do we value? Why?
The question of value is perplexing and is central to this season of Lent. Why is this pastime or that thing so valuable to me? Can I give it up? And in the sacrifice of that thing on which I've bestowed so much value, can I discover the true, eternal value of my real rock, my faithful deliverer, Jesus Christ?
Lord, I trust in you alone. You alone are my savior.
- Amy Welborn
Jeremiah 20:10-13|Psalm 18:2-7|John 10:31-42