Scripture: Romans 1:16

We all struggle with doubts – uncertainty about the future, ourselves, our faith.

These may last a few moments or stretch into days, even years.

When bad things happen, my faith quivers – school shootings, domestic violence, terrorist attacks, the list goes on.

The cup of Salvation eludes me.

On 9/11, I was in my office across the street from the US Capitol.

I didn’t leave until after United 93 crashed in Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon was hit.

I cried on the 20th anniversary watching the coverage, reliving the day.

As shattering as it was, I will never forget the horror of the realization that there can be so much hatred and pure evil in the world.

In the movie “Oh, God,” Jerry Landers (played by John Denver) asked God (portrayed by George Burns), “Why is there so much evil in the world?”

And God told him: “It’s up to us – we can love each other or kill each other.”

I have to wonder – why can’t we all get along? 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 

– Romans 1:16

When things are going badly, and I can’t find my way out of whatever hole I’m in, I listen to my heart and find comfort that God is with me and will stay with me no matter what.

It stills my troubled heart and calms my fears.

So, THERE’S my cup of Salvation!

Loving God – thank you for being with us at all times, through good days and heartaches, tragedies, and happiness. We find strength and hope in our belief in you. Amen. 

Kathi Wise, McLean, VA

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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