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Safety and Redemption found in Exile (Lenten Lessons)

NOTE: The following is a post from Steve Prevatte reflecting on lessons he’s learning this Lenten Season. Steve has served as Minister of Youth, Minister of Education, and Minister of Administration before moving into Hospital Chaplaincy. His journey is also OUR journey!

At some point in life you very well may find yourself in a time of personal exile. Whether self-imposed or forced, exile is a period characterized by darkness, loneliness, and a feeling of isolation. Those of the Jewish faith teach us that the Babylonian exile was a period of unparalleled testing of their faith. However, it was also a time of redemption, mercy, and reflection. During my own periods of exile, I discovered these to also be true.


And, during this time of testing, I have discovered a real sense of redemption. The faces and stories of those God chose to place on my path have suprisingly been used by God to minister to ME rather than the other way around. Transformational waves of emotion come from being used by our Heavenly Father following a time of separation.

God’s mercy was displayed when I discovered the importance of forgivness and it’s vital role in healing. Jesus wasn’t joking when he said, “forgive and you shall be forgiven”. There is something to the order of this critical lesson. The mercy and forgiveness shown to me has been crucial in my times of exile. However, only when I was able to forgive did I begin to find that allusive internal peace I was seeking. Only then did I sense a real change come to my spirit, redemption!

Exile which has allowed me unparalleled times for reflection, discernment, and safety. This safe haven has been instumental to me as I have enjoyed the companionship of new friends who are also experiencing their own “Babylon.” The providential timing and intentionality of these relationships has yielded a perfect storm scenario that produced a previously unknown sense of authenticity and purpose. Although I was unaware I even needed it, having these genuinely transparent relationships is something I will always desire to have as a part of my journey.

Exile is not a place to be feared, but rather, a place to embrace. For here we are confronted with the dark journey of the road to the Cross of Christ and our own crosses. And here, we are redeemed in the love, and grace, and forgiveness of a loving God!

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