Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Devotional by: Dr. Deborah J. Rogers

This year for Lent, I am giving up “rushing.” I considered fasting from coffee or sugar. However, I am much more dependent on rushing as a daily coping strategy. I also have a growing awareness of the damage to my body and soul that a hurried pace causes. If I am willing to cause such harm to my own being, then what does that suggest about the ways that my rushing, intentionally or unintentionally, may harm the bodies and souls of others?

When I consider the life and example of Jesus, it is marked by anything but rushing. Jesus’ way of life was not characterized by the ‘best practices’ for productivity and time management that are often celebrated today. The love ethic that Jesus embodied in his interactions with others, was not marked by rushing. Even when others sought to ‘rush’ Jesus to attend to genuinely urgent matters (Jairus’ daughter or Lazarus’ critical illness), Jesus’ posture of love and care is not characterized by rushing. During this season of Lent, as I seek to follow Jesus’ example, I am challenged to live out my commitment to peace, service and justice at a pace that matches the deep care I seek to embody.

For reflection and action:  What seemingly ‘unproductive’ practice might animate and strengthen your work for peace and justice? Are there ‘time saving’ practices or services that you use that cause harm to other living beings? How might you embrace a pace of living that shows greater care for yourself, others, and the earth?

Dr. Deborah J. Rogers serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theology, Culture, and the Practice of Ministry at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS).