Around this time last year, I was anxiously anticipating an upcoming trip. I’d purchased tickets and gear and was getting more excited as my departure date drew closer. On the morning before we left, with bags in tow and anxiety over the day’s long plane trips, our group gathered and read Psalm 121.
This psalm is traditionally considered a pilgrimage song, sung by people of faith before journeys for a few thousand years. We find ourselves in the last week of our Lenten journeys, journeying even closer to Easter. But we’re not quite there yet. Today is Maundy Thursday, a day when Christians around the world remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. I’d like to think that when Jesus gathered with those disciples, breaking bread and pouring wine, that he empowered them for the journeys that were set before them, and that we in turn, are empowered for our life’s journeys when we gather at table. In these journeys, we don’t go alone. We travel with friends and families and communities, yet also, as the Psalmist reminds us, God is also journeying with us. May you feel God’s presence with you in the last few days of your Lenten journey.
My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
God won’t let your foot slip.
Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job.
No! Israel’s protector
never sleeps or rests!
The Lord is your protector;
the Lord is your shade right beside you.
The sun won’t strike you during the day;
neither will the moon at night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil;
God will protect your very life.
The Lord will protect you on your journeys—
whether going or coming—
from now until forever from now.” (Psalm 121) Post a picture on social media that represents #journey to you. Tag @theJoyfulFeast and use the hashtags #journey and #FeastingOnLent. Click here for the full list of #FeastingOnLent words. To receive daily prompts with a brief meditation and scripture passage via email, click here to subscribe or update your email preferences and be sure to check the #FeastingOnLent box.