This year’s Lenten observance is approaching its conclusion. I can say without reservation, this has been a Lent like no other. There are many reasons. You can cite the so-called pandemic, the world-wide lockdowns due to COVID that generated widespread fear, the governmental over-reach that in the U.S. violated both states’ constitutions as well as the U.S. Constitution, which not only closed businesses but churches also, the imposition of face diaper requirements even though the indisputable evidence shows they have no effect except for creating a large contingent of submissive sheep, and the serious damage to every economy in the world. Every measured negative social factor rose precipitously so that the attempted cure is turning out worse than the disease by any measure you want to use.
I could go on and on, but that wouldn’t serve any productive purpose at this point. Despite all of this, this unique Lent has also been, in its own way, a positive experience. It has brought me closer to my heavenly Father than I was when it started. It has also help me to begin re-shifting my priorities that have become wrongly skewed due to everything that has occurred in the last year. That alone has been worthwhile. But it has also gotten me writing again, which I doubted I would be able to do. With only a couple of hiccups, this blog has had a daily posting, though I began on Day 3 rather than Day 1.
I don’t know if anyone has read anything I have written. There have been zero comments, but then I am not writing for anyone but God, to help further my discipleship and my sonship in the family of God. It has forced me to engage my spiritual and biblical thinking again, which has been on the wane for some time. That slide needed to stop. It has. I am now engaging the heart and mind of my new creation in Jesus Christ.
I am hoping this doesn’t turn out to be a “Lenten” effort, but is something I continue to do for as long as I am able. If you are reading this, I thank you. Please say hello.
I would like to close with a simple prayer. May God bless you and keep you. May His face continue to shine upon you and may the light of Christ guide your steps and inform your choices, today and every day going forward. Amen.