Lenten Devotional- Day 18

Saturday, March 7

Scripture 1 John 3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.

1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Across the Ages

Two special people in my life are named after fragrant flowers. They are Rosa, my paternal grandmother (now deceased), and Lily, my son’s daughter (age 20 months). Although separated by two generations, they are so much alike that you would think they shared the same household. Rosa was my strong-willed Italian “Nonna” who raised ten children and was hardly ever sick a day in her life. She had a vibrant spirit, was full of laughter, and shared timeless jokes. Her unflinching determination was second to none, and she was willing to fight for whatever she believed in.

Then in 2013, along came Lily, my beautiful grand-daughter, born exactly one month and 120 years after Rosa. Before long, I realized that Lily also had a mighty strong will. Her charming, easy-going nature didn’t fool me for a minute, and I observed how she refused to give up when she made up her mind to accomplish something. I am amazed that after people meet Lily, they always describe her the same way: “She’s a spitfire.” But she’s a loving child who easily wins your heart, and like Rosa, she laughs exuberantly and entices others to laugh along with her.

I marvel at God’s ways and wonder, “Does He intentionally create these connections across multiple generations?” On a personal level, I can’t help but think that my “Nonna” has reappeared through little Lily. Perhaps God’s desire is to help us remember loved ones who have died with new life that captures the essence of their spirit. And thus, the wondrous cycle of life spirals on and on.

At Easter, we ponder the miracle of our Lord Jesus Christ and how he arose from the tomb. Those who witnessed this at first experienced disbelief, asking, “How could this possibly have happened?” And then, awestruck, they accepted this incredible event with these words, “Our Savior lives.” During Lent, may the mystery of eternal life present us with opportunities to stop, focus, and praise the majesty of every breath.

Melissa King

Prayer: Dearest Lord, How precious is life, and how wonderful that you show us the beauty of eternal life through those that come before and after our time on this earth. Amen.