Don’t Give Up
You are not alone. Your weariness, your frustration, your exhaustion, even your depression. This pandemic has caused more than sickness, it’s caused widespread mental and physical exhaustion. Is there anything redeeming about this malaise we are all in? There could be.
This time of year in the church calendar we observe Lent. A time of fasting and reflection on the walk to the cross and the price that Jesus paid for our salvation. We sit in ashes and remember that “from dust we came and to dust we return”. I don’t know about you, but for me, this isn’t hard to do. This may be the Lentiest Lent in our lifetime. At least we can use our melancholy for spiritual purposes.
With Lent, we can observe a time of mourning over our personal and corporate sin with a set ending time. We don’t know when the pandemic restrictions will lift, but we do know that Lent will end with Easter!
Remember that at the end of this ridiculously hard climb there is a peak at the top that will take your breath away. Right now we sit in Lent, but Easter is coming. Jesus, our hope and our joy, will be celebrated as the risen Christ no matter our circumstances.
If you are in need of hope today, as most of us are, then dwell on Easter. Yes, from dust we came and to dust we will return, but our hope is not in that earthen vessel of dust - our hope is in Jesus. Live or die, dust to dust, the risen Jesus holds us up and will never let us go.
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair, we are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” -Pope John II
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