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Friday, March 12

Contributed by Allyson McCombs

Ephesians 1: 7-14

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”

There are four more weeks until we celebrate the Resurrected Christ. We are
in a seasonal midpoint with Lenten austerity heightened by the state of the
world. Efforts to stay socially distant combined with the harsh reality of
economic instability mean we are not in an abundant mind frame. Yet, here it
is, written in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. We are lavished with the riches of
God’s grace.
Ephesians 1:7-14 lays out God's aim for His only Son's death and resurrection
to reconcile all things in heaven and earth to Himself. We sit in the middle of
Lent contemplating God's purpose that led Christ to obediently give up his
successful healing ministry then submit to public ridicule and shame. We
marvel at his willingness to follow a plan that ultimately led to his death on the
cross. We are instantly reminded of the harshness of death surrounding us
and the seemingly successful ministry endeavors we have put on hold to keep
the general population safe.
It is hard to reconcile the mystery of God's lavish grace with anything going on
right now. Be comforted, we do not live in the middle. In four Sundays, the sun
will rise. We will shout Hosanna! All things in heaven and on earth are made
new in Christ over and over again!

Christ, we come to you with thankfulness. In the absence of your physical
presence on earth, you give us another advocate. We pray for the Holy Spirit
to meet us in the middle of Lent and deepen our understanding of the Father’s
lavish grace. Amen

Allyson McCombs is a third year MDiv student at Vancouver School of Theology, most
interested in congregational care and faith formation with PC-USA. She is a midwestern
transplant to the Pacific northwest. Aside from studying, Ally is a wife, mother, singer, knitter,
and friend.