The month of March begins with the only date of the year that is also a command: March Fourth. This play on words serves as a call to action for us to “march forth” and to do our part to make a difference in our community.
This date occurring in the midst of the Lenten season invites us to deepen our reflection on the darkness, fear, and needs around us and within us. What can we give up that no longer serves us? What can we share with those around us? What practices can we add to our daily lives to put love into action?
Fear and anxiety are currently gripping our world, fed by an insatiable media. People are hoarding resources and withdrawing. As Jesus wandered in the wilderness, we too are journeying through a desert. We are losing our way in a fear-drenched darkness that is filled with sickness, isolation, greed, ignorance, and uncertainty around every turn. As the desert lacks water, our present darkness lacks the Living Water which brings compassion, life and hope (John 7:37-38).
The daylight is lengthening, reminding us that darkness gives way to light. Lent teaches us to hold fast to hope in the face of despair. The Living Water will quench the thirst of all we whom are parched from the desert journey, giving us hope.
As we continue our wilderness sojourn, hope builds when we realize we are not alone. Together we march forth and in the face of greed, give; in the midst of alienation, welcome; in the reality of brokenness, heal; in the thick of hate, love; in the surrounding fear, hope for the darkness will break and Living Water will rain.