Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:18-19

Lent is a reminder of justice.

But this work of justice, is difficult—filled with grief and loss, lament and sorrow. It is easier to give up and forget that compassionate justice is evidence of our faith. Instead of forgetting, let us choose to give up the things that speak death: amnesia, apathy, complacency, ignorance, single-mindedness, hatred, and injustice. In dying to these things we are able to embrace so much more. For the experience of loss, the practice of grief, the discipline of lament, causes us to be grateful—grateful that this season of grief is deepening our heart’s capacity for joy. Perhaps, there is purpose in this pain that will not yet be revealed until later.

God, may I learn to live out justice in every moment—in the midst of pain and anxiety, in the pursuit of healing and relentless hope. May I never feel that I must walk alone. Amen.