Does it still take 21 days to create a habit? If so, I need to make one. It almost worked from Lent a few years ago, but the only thing that remained from making prayer my Lenten practice was my prayer list. It’s time to get serious now. Let’s see what I can do in 21 days. I trust you to help hold me accountable.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you; for the community I live in, for the children who love me unconditionally, for the husband who upholds me, and for the home we share. Thank you for your Grace.
Thank you for giving me the faith to ride through all that which I don’t understand. I don’t know why some people get sick, get diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 cancer, their life turned upside down and those they love thrown into the ensuing chaos. I don’t understand mental illness and why it’s so hard for our society to allow these people a place. I don’t understand why some have so much and others nearly nothing at all.
What I know of Life and Love, though, are that nothing is so sure except these. The world around me teems with life. In this comfortable morning hour, when the sun promises us a scorching day; the birds are busy, the butterflies about, and the children, cat, and dog waking. Even the trees and plants seem more at ease, and we are all alive, save for the scorched plants that couldn’t survive the summer heat. Death is as sure as life — part of the cycle.
So Love, then, is the foundation of my being, the rock of my faith. Why does it take so long to get there? Love sees us through the impossible, takes us through the darkness. Even when it seems like we don’t succeed, if we have walked in the way of Love, at least no one else was harmed and Christ’s example upheld. Thank you for giving us such an example, showing us our full potential.
Help us, O God, to walk in the way of Love. Help me to continue to trust, even when Life doesn’t make sense. And thank you, again, for the beautiful people you have surrounded me with to share in my journey and I in theirs.
Give me strength to delight in your will and walk in your way, to the glory of your name.