Diocese of Minnesota
Environmental Stewardship Commission
Ash Wednesday, Old Testament Lesson
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17:
Come back to the Lord your God.
He is kind and full of mercy; he is patient and keeps his promise; he is
always ready to forgive and not punish. Perhaps the Lord your God will
change his mind and bless you with abundant crops. Then you can offer him
grain and wine.
by Nan Stokes
As Lent begins with the Ash Wednesday lessons,
we are reading about a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick
darkness as Joel tells of an invasion of locusts and a drought in Palestine.
He speaks of these events as a sign of the coming Day of the Lord when
those who oppose the Lord's righteous will shall be punished. When the
crops fail and the sky turns black, people experience fear and wonder.
How easy it is to enjoy goodness and beauty and believe that all is right
with the world when the sun shines and the flowers bloom. It is easy, too,
to be afraid when the sky turns black and thunder and rains come to threaten
that world, In the midst of either circumstance, we repent and thank the
Creator for the many blessings of creation in our lives.
To Reflections on other Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Stokes resides in Duluth and is a member of St. Edward's Episcopal
Church. She originally wrote this reflection in 1997. She
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