"I am the one who has seen the afflictions
that come from the rod of the Lord’s anger.
He has led me into darkness, shutting out all light." - Lamentations 3:1
The absence of light is a disturbing reality. It makes us feel disorientated and alone. Sometimes we can choose to be in the dark, especially if we are not feeling well - a little darkness helps us rest. However, most of the time we enter into the darkness through no choice of our own. That is when the lack of light feels the most frightening.
Lent is a time where we reacquaint ourselves with the darkness in us and the impact this has on others. It also teaches us that there is always HOPE when we include Christ in our lives. He is the one who can guide us through the periods of darkness and can offer us strength to carry on.
I encourage you not to SHUT out the light of Christ.
Matthew 4:16 - "...the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.”
Living in Grace