The 2nd Thursday in Lent 2019

For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink. Psalm 102:9

Sometimes when hit hard with trying times, eating and drinking is a struggle.

When we eat, it often tastes bitter … like ashes or our constant tears.

It is absolutely essential we remain spiritually sustained through all times, especially difficult times.

Jesus Christ instituted His Holy Supper to be our food and drink throughout this life.

He alone carries us through by His Body and His Blood.

In His Holy Communion, He teaches us anew all He went through for us.

As the Exhortation in the Reformed Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer states on page 95, “He hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries, as pledges of His love, and for a continual remembrance of His death, to our great and endless comfort.”

In times of our duress, we must not abstain from the Lord’s Supper. Yes, we may not feel like eating physical food and drinking physical drink. We must stay well nourished in His Holy Word and Communion in all our seasons, stormy and clear.


Almighty God, assist us in all times to carry us through well nourished in your Word and Sacraments. Graciously sustain us even when we are destitute. We thank you that your food is truly beneficial, sustaining, and comforting to us. Carry us through by the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.