Well, my hopes of writing every day were thrown out the window and that's okay. It's one of those times where I realized that the Lent I had planned out and the Lent that God had in mind were a bit different, and that I can accept that God's ways are better than my ways. Also, accepting the built-in sacrifices and penances of daily life is better than insisting that I "do my Lenten things," regardless of the needs of the people and reality of the situations around me.
Some unexpected trials popped up in these past days, and thankfully everything has continued to progress in a pretty manageable way. However, it makes me think of those extremely dark and difficult moments of life, which every person encounters sooner or later (or both), that well-meaning people start throwing out sayings like, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" or "God never gives us more than we can handle." The truth is, however, the lemons aren't always suitable for drinking and God frequently gives us more than we can handle on our own. That's why we have to rely on Him and on our brothers and sisters among our friends, family, and community of faith to help and sustain us!
So instead of making lemonade or being upset when a trite saying is not enough to help us through our trials, let's take a look at the Scriptures to see what God has to say about our need to rely on Him and on the community of faith. Click here for ten Bible verses to get us started in our reflections on reliance on God and community.
As always, thanks for stopping by, and be assured of my prayers.
Peace and all good,