The Journey Begins
“There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.” – Pope Francis
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten 40 day journey leading to Easter. A time of preparation, prayer, reflection, contemplation, inventory, honesty. Going deeper and farther. Into the desert. To search. To find. To thirst. To be satisfied. Less becomes more. To be quiet to hear the whisper that we are loved, infinitely. And to return the love that has been modeled so stunningly for us. Life-changing if we let it enter and move us.
I have read and re – read what you have written. It brings me back to my childhood and what I saw taking place within the Christian church I was attending. People having their agenda and not God’s. I am happy to say I have learned to move beyond those influences and strive daily to make a difference. To show God’s love, to enjoy what he has given each of us. When I stumble I know he is there. Learning to forgive those who miss God target and live by example I strive for.
Thank you for sharing,
Thank you so much for sharing. God is good and if we can shine a glimmer of His light then we will have fulfilled our purpose.