Wednesday, March 16
Brenda Lorenzo, member of RPC since 1995
But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. - Luke 22:26
During the hustle of our day-to-day work lives and our busy households, we don't often have the time to reflect on the meaning of each holiday. At year end, along comes Thanksgiving. Most of us try to express our gratitude for our blessings but with it comes the overwhelming job of hosting family and friends or traveling to be with them, so needless to say, we find ourselves harried and stressed just when we are supposed to give thanks. Immediately thereafter, we are bombarded with the fast moving torrent of shopping and decorating for Christmas along with church services, children's programs, choral performances, never mind the social occasions we attend to be with family and friends to celebrate our own Christmas traditions. On December 26th, we take a deep breath, almost glad Christ's birthday is behind us. Next, we ring in the New Year with relief that most of our deadlines for the holidays were met.
It is no wonder the season of Lent often gets ignored until we are almost upon the Easter holiday. In the days before Easter, we observe Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday in order to consider Christ's resurrection. Not nearly enough time to ponder the most impactful event in history.
This year was different for me. I took some long overdue time away from home and work just after Christmas to visit my daughter to await the birth of her son. During that time I gave much thought to the days leading up to the resurrection of our Savior and what the Lenten season means. Little William arrived so it allowed more quiet moments for me to continue those thoughts. I reflected on how Jesus came into the world much the same as the baby I was holding. Innocent but also helpless. Our Lord had to trust his earthly mother and father for his very life.
Much the same, we, as worldly human beings need to trust our Father in Heaven. We need to give over to God, in prayer, our feelings of helplessness, much as an infant must do. God sent His son to live out a perfect life and to die for our sins, how much more can God give us to earn our trust? My grandson taught me much about trust in those few days. I fully realize I need to immerse more fully in remembering how much sacrifice led up to that joyous Easter Day and to trust our Father in heaven to remain steadfast, because my faith tells me he will.
Precious Lord, you came to us as a helpless child trusting that you would be provided for while in the flesh. We come to you in prayer during this time of Lent asking that we continue to grow our own trust in you every moment we are blessed with life. Amen