The 4th Thursday in Lent 2019

He has broken my strength in midcourse; He has shortened my days. Psalm 102:23

Here, we repeat our acknowledgment of the brevity of life earlier lamented in verses 3-11.

Repetition is needed for understanding of our condition of total need for God’s love and grace.

If we neglect our condition, pride can creep in when things begin to look up.

We can go back to thinking a lack of adversity and affliction is somehow from our power.

Just when we begin down such trails of self-fulfillment, God reminds us of our status.

He reminds us of Ash Wednesday again, year after year.

That no matter how strong we become, such is always broken midcourse, when we think nothing can stop us.

We are brought back to our knees to where we need to be, in adoration and submission to Jesus Christ to sustain us eternally.

This life is indeed short, meant by God for us to give all to Him through His grace and might, not ours.


Almighty God, help us to know that our lives are short. Help us to understand the precious nature of every moment. Enable us by your grace to give every moment to you, asking for grace to love you, our neighbors, and our enemies through all the moments we are granted, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.