Wednesday, March 4
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak... Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. - Isaiah 40:29, 31
Lent is a time of reflection. Typically, we pray for strength to follow the journey to the cross, draw closer to the life we were shown to live through Christ's example.
Dear friends of my family welcomed their first grandsons on October 7, 2014; the twins were born at 24 weeks. Doctors were not overly optimistic in the first weeks of life as the babies weighed only 1 lb. 7 oz. and 1 lb. 9 oz. respectively. However, here we are at week 12 (still in the NICU) and both boys are growing stronger every day. The mom, Leigh Anne, emailed me today and both babies are approximately 4 lbs. Each week, Leigh Anne has written an update on the boys; starting each one with a Bible verse and about how God has blessed her and her family.
The focus of our faith is often on what can the church do for us: answer our prayers, give us salvation, or get us through a difficult challenge.
As I reflect on the journey we walk through this Lenten time, I am reminded by the strength of this Christian mother that we are to walk this journey, carry the cross with Jesus close by our sides every day.
Heavenly Father, you know every decision I need to make and every challenge I face. I need You to give me strength, wisdom, and direction. Amen