Finding Words - Lenten Devotional

During Lent, as we ponder how the theme “Lost and Found” relates to our journey of faith, we will share a weekly devotion written by an active elder or a staff member. We hope these provide “food for thought” during this season.


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In my quiet, morning place, my quiet, morning space, there is a satchel filled with books. Many of these are what I suppose would be classified as “devotionals.” or perhaps more descriptively, “reflections.” For me, they are best read in my seat by the window with a cup of coffee and a bright yellow highlighter in hand.

The revisiting of those highlighted passages is often every bit as rich as finding new ones.  And the revisiting of those passages that made it off the writer’s page to be rewritten in my journal is richer still. As Philip Yancey noted in his book, What’s So Amazing About Grace?, “Strangely, rediscovery may strike a deeper chord than discovery.” And so it is this morning.

As I reflect on last week’s Presbyterian Women’s program and luncheon, I am struck again by what an honor it is to be connected to this particular church family. The women that were gathered in our fellowship hall probably spanned at least fifty years. We do not all know each other well, but we do know that on some very basic level, we are indeed connected. Whenever our lives intersect, there is an opportunity to see each other in a new way – a fresh opportunity for rediscovery.

Perhaps our time with each other is the opportunity to, as Frederick Buechner wrote, “enter the extraordinary by way of the ordinary.” When we can pause long enough to enter that extraordinary place where we truly see each other, may we also be given the grace to see that, as C. S. Lewis stated so beautifully, “there are no ordinary people…next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”

—Deborah Miller, Elder

FPC Richmond