Wednesday in Holy Week, ApriL 4

In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

—Acts 2:17

During this Lenten time of reflection, we ponder the life and death of Jesus and his extraordinary sacrifice on the cross. But we know that his death is not the final answer—that he continues to pour out his Spirit upon all flesh. What shall our sons and daughters prophesy, and what dreams shall our old men dream?

When I was in Ghana this past year, a village elder stood up to address his Episcopal Relief & Development visitors and he said, “You give mosquito nets to our pregnant women and children. But even though I am old, I want to live, too. I also want to be safe from malaria.”

Since my trip, NetsforLife® has adopted the methodology of universal coverage which ensures net usage by every man, woman and child within a community.

All God’s people have dreams of freedom from oppression, poverty and disease. Remembering Christ’s death and resurrection, we ask that God’s Spirit, poured out on us, will give us the courage to live out this dream.

—Margaret Trezevant


2012 Lenten Meditations, Episcopal Relief and Development