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Jeremiah 11:1-8, 14-20. I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron smelter, saying, Listen to my voice.
The professional baseball season is 162 games, played mostly in the heat of summer. The first-place teams enter the playoffs barely over .500. The last-place teams end the season losing slightly more than winning. Every team has their share of slumps, injuries, and bad luck. So, what separates first from last? Usually the answer lies somewhere in the realm of endurance. The winners endure the heat and all that befalls them in order to achieve their goal of winning the World Series.
Lent, too, is a long season. Its sweltering summer heat is the spiritual iron smelter through which we endure prayer slumps, emotional injuries, and the bad timing of unfortunate events. And our goal is to endure, because “endurance produces character” (Romans 5:4a).
If, somewhere in this season, you happen to fall off the Lent-wagon, do not despair. Our Holy Coach is telling us tomorrow we have another game to play.