Lent 2021: Salvation is God's Business by Donna Bruce
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
March 13, 2021
Salvation is God's Business
One of my survival techniques during this period of isolation has been to read. My main resource is The Holy Bible. However, when I expand to works of fiction and nonfiction, I am often pleasantly surprised to find how the scriptures find their way into the pages of these books.
One of my most recent reads, “You Ought to Do a Story About Me” details the life of Jackie Wallace, a former award-winning professional football player. The book is written by a New Orleans news photographer who photographed his picture. Why is this so unusual? The picture was taken as he happened upon Jackie in the home he made for himself…under the freeway. With all the opportunities he had been presented, he was now homeless. This chance encounter led to a near thirty-year friendship. The events of this period, both unsettling and uplifting fill the pages of the book.
As the book closes, Jackie has returned to a productive life. The author observes “Salvation is God’s business.” The Message translation of Ephesians 2:10 states: “God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the works he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.”
Prayer: Dear God, Help us to do the work.
Sister Donna Bruce
Second Board of Stewards
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 their experiences.
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.