Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5

“Oh gee, Mommy, why…?”

When I asked my older siblings what they remembered about me as a child, that phrase is what they recall me saying about everything.

It seems I was curious to know the answer to all the whys of life: why I had to come when called; why I was the youngest; why birds flew?

You name it, and I asked, “Why?”

Later in life, I understand for every “why” question I have, the answer is often “why not?”

Why, after years of study and attaining a professional degree, did I develop cancer?

Why is there hunger in a world of plenty?

Why do loved ones sometimes cause heartache?

Why did my spouse die, leaving me with so many loose ends to figure out?

And the answer is: Why not? 

For me, “why not” as the answer is realizing that it is not for me to know everything.

My attitude to all the good or bad things that happen is what matters to God.

For it is in my perspective toward the questions of life that I can give God honor.

My curiosity, a gift, led to my life-long learning, and my attitude is the choice I make as a “Cup of Salvation” – my offering that honors God. 

Gracious and loving God, continue to lead me this Lenten season to ways of honoring you in how I respond to the life you have given me. Amen. 

Audrey Benjamin
North Mankato, MN

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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