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Lenten Devotional 4/2/2019

Today’s reflection comes from Jamartae Jackson, Program Coordinator in the Office of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services.  Jamartae works closely with Community Scholars and First Generation students, and he brings authenticity and wisdom to his important work.  When I walk into a meeting and see Jamartae there, I know I’m in the right spot.  It means I’m working shoulder to shoulder with people advocating for marginalized students in tangible, important ways.


 7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.
8 For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity.

Psalm 122:7-9


In life we go through struggles while looking for answers to the pain we endure. For times like this I lean into Psalms 122:7-9; it is a personal favorite of mine. My grandmother who recently passed away in October taught me this scripture. It allows me to make sense of all the pain and negativity of life. Recently I have leaned into this scripture because I am grieving her loss and this connects me to her. I miss her laugh, smile and genuine presence. Some days are great and some are not, but she’s prepared me and my family for this moment. For example, the thought of peace being within thy walls and prosperity within thy palaces forces me to reflect on the good times we had. It allows me to take the next step of my journey. The comfort I feel validates the word of God even more, because my guardian angel provides intentional reminders of how good he’s been to me. It’s hard to explain, but it does provide a peace unlike any other.

This reflection also leads me to the thought of that perfect peace described in Isaiah 26:3. The connection forces me to trust the most high in a way I’ve never had to before. In challenging times I encourage you to find your peace in struggle and love in your purpose. Always remember your light is meant to illuminate a path for others to follow and when your light is dim, your connection to your purpose is too. Be bold, vulnerable and willing to fight anyone in the way of your peace, including yourself.


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