So my friends who are practicing Lent...
How goes it?
I have been reminded again how hard it is;
suddenly we are in the fast,
perhaps trying to have a bit more spiritual discipline,
whether spiritual reading or prayer...
and this week there are lots of church services to go to...
Mr. Husband and I were at the third of
the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete and when I read towards the end these words,
I was greatly encouraged:
Do not let despair make you worse than the Canaanite
woman, my soul, for you have heard of her faith through
which her daughter was healed by the Word of God. Call to
Christ like her from the depth of your heart, "Son of David,
So this week we have been
having lots of Ginger tea...
The kettle has been going various times...
We are eating small clementines...
more almonds, peanut butter...
I still have to do something with my butternut squash...
I've been enjoying some toasted English Muffins...
I was feeling so DISCOURAGED this week
but I realized that it is Lent week 1 and
the Devil hates Lent because he does not like our prayers
for humility, the one thing he can never conquer....
It's really a battle.
Every night this week after church I feel a bit of breathing room,
like somehow I can do it,
one foot in front of the other and when I wake in the morning,
the battle is at hand, new and strong.
Humility will save us by Christ's mercy.
We must not despair but keep crying out for mercy...
So many of my beloved friends are struggling hard this week.
I pray that we can find encouragement in Christ
in the midst of our pain, our illness and distress...
for God is with us...