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Lent 2024: There's Still Room For One by Trustee Carolyn McClain*


 

Matthew 26: 69-28:20

 

March 28, 2024


There's Still Room For One


Often I find myself in a crowd, such as weeks after the holiday season when I was among the masses who descended on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  We came early to stand in the cold frigid temperature, trying to assure a perfect viewing spot to see and be a part of President Barack Obama’s inaugural activities.  As in scripture, a similar desire resonated in the crowd that witnessed Jesus’s triumphant arrival in Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.  To celebrate and welcome Jesus, the crowd laid their coats and cut branches across the road.  They rejoiced saying Hosanna to the Son of David.  Then in short order, the crowd turned on Jesus; his disciple Peter denied knowing him thrice; and the crowd loudly shouted to Pilate to crucify the Savior.  He was later abused and scorned by his executioners.  Subsequently, Jesus was led to Golgotha, carrying a cross, to which he was nailed, crucified, and then died between two robbers.  The crowd questioned our Savior’s strength and his ability to save and restore not just others but himself from his current situation.  The crowd did not believe on that dark crucifixion day that Jesus was the promised One who had come to provide the assurance of life eternal for all.  Be confident not apprehensive, that though many have accepted God’s promise of life eternal, it is never too late for you and I to do the same.  The Lenten season allows an opportunity for us to refocus and recommit ourselves to strive to attain God’s promise fulfilled by Jesus on that Resurrection Day.  Don’t be fearful, for as referenced in the hymn “though millions have come there is still room for one."  God assures us … be sure … I am always with you to the very end.  (Matthew 28:20)


Trustee Carolyn McClain (Deceased)*

Ladies Guild and Presidents Council

Lent 2013*

 

Prayer:  Thank you heavenly Father for your daily mercies.  I pray that the words of my mouth, the meditations of my heart, and the service that I give is acceptable to you.  Please give me guidance as I seek to treat others as I want to be treated, and to love my neighbor as I love myself.  Even though many times I may be a part of a crowd, I ask in your very precious name that you will strengthen my individual resolve to do your will in your way.  Amen.

 

Lent 2024

We invite you to join us in reflection, meditation and prayer for a season of renewal, repentance and rejoicing from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.


Each day is a reflection representing the thoughts and aspirations of the members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church expressing what the season of Lent means to them.  Their wide range of perspectives describe how this time of renewal, repentance and rejoicing has been and will be used to focus on Jesus’ life, crucifixion and resurrection.


Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.


 

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