The glory of Easter morning! The horrific events of the crucifixion are eclipsed by joy, disbelief and astounding glory. He is risen. Truly risen. He has conquered death and with it, all sins that lead to death. We are saved. We are set free. It’s REALITY! The God who IS reality, “I AM” has told us, has proven Himself through His cross and resurrection.
I recently had a conversation with a close friend and she told me of someone who was going through a really difficult time and was inconsolable because of her situation. I found myself saying “tell your friend to pray about it”. My friend responded with annoyance and said that the person does go to church (most Sundays in fact) and she prays.
At first I was a little taken aback by the annoyance. But as I started thinking more about what I said, I realized I fell in the trap of saying the common “pray about it” phrase and how empty it can sound without context.
Lent literally means “spring”, and is a time that most Christians can take advantage of an incredible opportunity to cleanse internally, but unfortunately, most do not take advantage of it.
The benefits of rebalancing our bodies, minds and souls are not limited to Christians. However, when the spiritual dimension is added, particularly with the Lenten focus of self-denial, sacrifice and penance, we can clear away the passions, self-centeredness and self-indulgence that weigh us down and poison every aspect of our lives.
I hate to be a downer, but I have to tell you that I don’t think so. I really don’t feel like it’s going to ever get warm again. If it were going to get warm it would have done so by now, after all it’s almost April already! When we had a warm day a couple of weeks ago I was hopeful, but it got so cold again. From the high 50’s down into the teens and 20’s. I’m just miserable. I hate the cold and I’m sick of all of my clothes. I hate wearing socks and all my sweaters are shot. Today the wind is blowing and it’s just freezing out. I’m having trouble getting out of bed in the morning and I can’t wait to get back in bed at night.
Ok, now that’s straight out of the Bible, but how many of us can truly say from our hearts that we believe it? Sure, in theory we all agree but when it comes to your own life circumstances, do you buy it?