Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

by Arthur Anderson

Psalm 34:15-22
Isaiah 55:6-11
Matthew 6:7-15

A YOUNG GIRL in Thornton Wilder’s beautiful play Our Town tells her brother of a letter a friend received:

Rebecca: The address was like this: It said Jane Crofut; the Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America…
George: What’s funny about that?
Rebecca: But listen, it’s not finished: The United States of America; Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the Mind of God. That’s what it said on the envelope.
George: What do you know!
Rebecca: And the postman brought it just the same.

Has it ever occurred to you that we all exist in the mind of God? Have you ever tried to understand God’s caring for us, each one a pinpoint on the earth, which is itself less than a pinpoint in limitless space?

The mind aches from trying to take it in. Better not try, in my view. Better to just live our daily lives by faith and the quiet acceptance of words like today’s passages: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all,” and “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”

Christ himself, in the passage from Matthew, helps us to come closer to God in what we call the Lord’s Prayer.

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One Response to Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

  1. Mark Glidden says:

    dear arthur-

    thank you so much for your insightful and thoughtful words. I have often thought that all of humanity together is the mind of God. I think each one of us in all our present configurations of becoming is each a unique and necessary part of God- even the parts of us we think we don’t like or even hate about ourselves are also unique and important and precious to God. Your words help me to remember this.

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