On this Wednesday of Holy Week, it might be good to reflect how far we have come on our Lenten journey. Consider where we were last year at this time – finding our way in a global pandemic landscape, unable to celebrate Easter at church – we have come a great distance figuratively (even if we haven’t been able to travel anywhere!)
Our churches may be open for worship this Easter with social distancing in full force, but uncertainties continue to cloud the horizon. As we prepare to enter the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, imagine how the disciples must have felt when Jesus was taken to be crucified. Uncertain, fearful, wondering what the future holds.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Sometimes God’s guidance leads us through circuitous paths beyond our understanding, and sometimes we lead ourselves off the beaten path. We may wonder what the heck we’re doing, where we’re going. The most important thing to do in times of uncertainty is PRAY – and recognize God is with us wherever we are, and wherever we go.
As a Thomas Merton groupie I’ve carried this prayer of his with me for years, pulling it out during challenging times of anxious uncertainties. May it bless you today…
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” Thomas Merton
grace, peace & PRAYER
Virginia : )
Photos: Butchart Gardens (BC) CANADA