Lent; a time for reflection, prayer, repentance, and almsgiving:
It was probably March when the diagnosis of “COVID 19” was in the news. I was so affected by this pandemic, as I am certain many were, that I crawled into the darkness of my personal “cave,” not able to see any light at all.
I slowly crawled out to where I felt the opening should be, I lit the purple candles of Lent, comparing this unknown wilderness to that of the desert Jesus encountered for 40 days. I wondered where I would go to get a firm foothold and lifeline to take me from the darkness of this cave into the light of life.
I turned to Scripture and more pointedly to the Morning Prayer where I encountered
Psalm 91. Vs 2
“He shall say to the Lord, ‘You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I put my trust,” He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence…” A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.”
Similarly, I read a passage from Isaiah,
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? …
The Lord is the everlasting God ... He does not faint or grow weary…”
Lenten reflection, prayer and discernment propels us back into the world to start once more, to reflect once more with renewed hope and faith in the One Undivided God.