Bob Brooks, Fredricksburg, VA

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

I am writing in turbulent and frightening times. Perhaps any writer in history could say the same, for life on Earth continues to be challenging. Yet, the season of Lent comes again, inviting us into self-reflection and thanksgiving.

One spiritual practice I missed during this pandemic was the sacrament of Communion. Before, my wife and I often served the Lord’s Supper at our

church. I experienced something deeply mystical while looking into the faces of our fellow believers and sharing the cup and the bread. In those moments, I felt Christ’s love and light radiating from me.

Paul wrote of us being a new creation in Christ. During Lent, we remember Jesus’ journey to the cross and his sacrificing his body and blood for us. In sharing the cup at Communion, Christ reminds me of His great love for us and our Salvation.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

– 2 Corinthians 5:17

Perhaps this Lenten season will renew our opportunity for face-to-face Communion. When we do, let us again give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast mercy and grace. Our human life here may have its share of heartache and struggle, but if we belong to Christ, we have the assurance of new creation

and eternal life. “The old has passed away, behold the new has come.” Thanks be to God!


Lord, we thank you for your great, abiding love for us in every moment of every day. Amen.

A daily Lenten devotional reprinted with permission from The Society of St. Andrew to inspire help sharing nourishing food with neighbors in need. 

Every $1 donated provides more than 40 servings to those in greatest need. A donation of $47 for the 47 days in Lent provides more than 1,880 servings. 

What a way to celebrate the resurrection of hope and lift the cup of salvation for our hungry neighbors! 

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