Lent 2021: Leaning by Marsha Botts
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…"
February 27, 2021
When many contributors to this series authored their Advent meditations, they were compelled to share experiences precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions and detrimental effects of pandemic life were taxing and new to us. With the Christmas season and a new year on the horizon, there was the expectation that 2021 would deliver a better day.
Hope for a better day is an ongoing theme; generation after generation and era after era. Jesus, his peers, parents and neighbors faced ongoing persecution by the Roman government. While Jesus knew his purpose on earth; others were hungry for a redeemer and improved quality of life.
Now we have entered the hoped for New Year, yet still in a season of threat and peril; leaning mightily on our faith. Though beset by misery and inconvenience of the pandemic, even so; we are not hopeless as we have occasionally taken time to note the “good” that has evolved. As we prepare to celebrate another Easter in our homes, a spiritual revelation would be a joyful and welcomed event. Perhaps through fasting, prayer and study, this 2021 Lenten season will offer more opportunities to gain clarity and focus in our lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive our griping and groaning; surely your blessings are immeasurable. I am grateful. Amen.
Sister Marsha Turner Botts
Love and Peace Unit
The members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
have written their devotions and reflections on the impact of the season of Lent
in their lives. Each testimony in the booklet is a personal reflection of the
We welcome you on this journey with us as we discuss our sacrifices and hope
that some aspect of the scripture, reflections, or prayers will inspire you as you
experience the season.
Read along with us each day or download the book to read along with us offline. May God bless and keep you throughout this season of reflection.