Monday, February 16, 2015
It's around -1 in my neck of the woods, and there are not enough adjectives to describe this event! Still, we are safe and warm in our heated home, where others may be out on the streets....hungry and cold, and suffering hurt from the cold....while still others worldwide are in serious anguish and turmoil as they see their own kind being killed unmercifully and senselessly in the name of religion and culture. It is horrifying to think and I seriously try to put it out of my mind. But it's hard not to imagine what kind of world my children and grandchildren will grow up in? Will they be safe? Will the USA be safe? We can only hope and pray and trust in God.
So, I focus on the immediate -- what's for supper tonight, celebrating our oldest son's birthday; looking forward to the week as we enter the Lenten season.
This Lent I wish to die to my own desires and any bitterness that I harbor within. I look to take up my cross, be in ever so trivial and seemingly unimportant compared to the cross others must bear in this world.
I offer my heart and prayers to them from a distance --- although I know not who they are, I do know we share Christianity in common -- and as brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray for them. I pray for their protection, their safe haven, their healing and their hope.