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Lenten Devotional: March 2, 2024

by James Wilber

Embracing Grace in Accidents

In the Lenten season, accidents serve as poignant reminders of life's unpredictability. Whether it's a minor mishap or a major setback, accidents disrupt our plans and challenge our sense of control. Yet, within these moments of chaos, there lies an opportunity for encountering grace.

Think back on the accidents you've experienced—unexpected collisions, missed opportunities, or plans gone awry. Initially, these incidents may evoke frustration or disappointment. However, Lent calls us to view accidents through a different lens.

Consider the parable of the Good Samaritan. The victim, who was left wounded by the roadside, didn't choose his fate. It was an accident that led to his encounter with compassion and care. Similarly, our own accidents can become avenues for grace.

Rather than fixating on the mishap, reflect on how you can respond with love and kindness. Can you extend forgiveness to yourself and others involved? What lessons can be gleaned from the experience?

Just as Jesus transformed water into wine at the wedding in Cana, accidents can be moments of renewal and growth. Through prayer, reflection, and acts of kindness, we can find beauty in brokenness, strength in struggle, and hope in healing.

In this Lenten journey, let's embrace accidents with openness, trusting that God's grace permeates even life's chaos. May we recognize the unexpected blessings that arise from adversity, and may we become vessels of grace and mercy in a world yearning for restoration.


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