March 3

3/2/2007

"BETWEEN THE ASHES AND ALLELUIAS"
LENTEN DEVOTIONAL FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 3


"I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth." (PSALM 121:1-2 NRSV)

It is wonderful to live in the world today, but we must continue to walk with open eyes, a loving heart and kindness for others.

I remember as a teenager running home during race riots and not understanding the full impact of what was going on. But as I matured and experienced first-hand others’ indifference, because I was black or a woman, I can now appreciate all that was done many years ago in the name of civil rights.

I want to salute all that have stood for and still continue to work for those who struggle through adversities of life. We feel more secure in today’s world, but if you look around you can see many of the same situations emerging again but under a different name.

We must continue to use any means possible to ensure that we continue the fight against all inequities that we know harm others, oppress or stagnate the growth of individuals to pursue happiness in their life.

Through it all I try to remember that God is in control and I continue to look to the hills from where I know my blessings come and pray for those individuals who feel the need to oppress others in order to succeed in this world.

– Dorothea Garrett

Prayer: God, we thank you for being a way maker. We ask that you continue to protect us from the snares of the enemy. Amen.

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Dorothea Garrett is a member of Greer Chapel United Methodist Church in Flowood.


 

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