IS 65: 17-21
PS 30: 2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12A and 13 B
AM 5: 14
Lent is a time of deep reflection. A time to challenge ourselves to be more intentional with our faith. A period to dive deeper into relationship with our heavenly Father. An opportunity to be vulnerable with God about the struggles and challenges we face each day. Those crosses that we carry in our earthly lives.
The beauty of lent however, is through that time of vulnerability and reflection we come to find that though we carry our own crosses, in the end Jesus Christ carried the biggest cross of all. He carried it humbly and without objection in order to rescue us from our sins and struggles. Furthermore, granting us eternal life with Him and the heavenly Father. Today’s readings are a glance of the beauty, peace, and joy that we will see and feel come Easter morning, and even more so the day we will be welcomed into eternal life in God’s Kingdom of Heaven.
As you begin this new week of Lent, I implore us all to reflect more on the mercy God has already shown in our life. Each day it is easy to lose focus on what is truly important. Today, stop and reflect. Take the time to see ways in which God has planted small joys and moments of love in your life when everything else seems to be going wrong. Remember the mercy God placed on your heart during your lowest, hardest moments. Then finally, end your reflection in worship. Worship God the Father for sending his only son to RESCUE US! To die on the cross in order to give us eternal peace, love, and life.
Our day to day stresses and our earthly crosses will one day fade away. Therefore today, start living for tomorrow. Live for the day that your relationship with God can be celebrated in His glory, where “no longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,” but “they shall live in the houses they build, and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant.”
Live each day joyfully and passionately for our God!
My name is Madeline Wappelhorst and I am a sophomore Nursing student with a minor in Health Care Ethics.