March

Spiritual Vitamin for March 31st. March 2020 ends. As I wrote my reports for the month, the childhood proverb rang in my mind, “If March comes in like a lamb, it goes out like a lion.” Of course, it refers to weather and winter and snow. Council meetings and decisions gave way to viruses and closed churches. Visitations gave way to deaths and the loss of friends. Church services where we meet, greet and speak to the “whites of their eyes” gave way to published documents to communicate. Hmmm. Feels like a lion. Prov. 30:7-8 still rings in me as I reflect on March. “Two things I ask of you O Lord, do not refuse me before I die. Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal and so dishonor the name of my God.” Neither falsehood nor poverty is paramount to the writer. Both falsehoods, the words of my mouth, and stealing because of poverty, the works of my hands, spring from the condition of my heart. As March gives way to April (showers), may I be a person of integrity in my relationships with God and people and may I be satisfied with my daily bread.

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