We are entering the season of Lent on Wednesday, March 2, a time of self-reflection and self-denial. A time of contemplating our commitment to our faith, to our God, and to our Savior. A time to prepare ourselves for the moments in our lives where we sit huddled and shivering in our deepest depths, knowing it won’t last forever, and wondering why we didn’t prepare for this known eventuality. “But,” you may ask, “how in the world do we prepare for the things that topple us to the ground? For the loss of a loved one, the screams of children who are in danger in a multitude of ways, the cry of the hungry, or the pain of not knowing if your friend or family member is alive? How do we prepare to watch bombs explode in someone’s back yard, to look into the eyes of those who have been victim of human trafficking or physical, mental, psychological, religious, or sexual abuse? Maybe in some of these things the ‘we’ is actually ‘me’ and I don’t know how to get past the pain. Kim, we can’t prepare ourselves to watch, experience, or hear this things!”
Beloved Child of God, there is only one thing we can do. In all honesty, we may – no, we WILL never be ready for these events in our lives, and the lives of those in our midst or around the world. What we can do is hold on boldly to our faith, to each other, and to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.”