What have I learned these past five weeks about my faith, God, friends, and this “journey” of self-discipline?
Each of the weeks in Lent, I realized more than ever before, how much God loves me, an imperfect human being. He shows me daily by my experience of little “miracles.” His help and comfort is just a thought or prayer away. Going into Holy Week and Easter celebrations, I have gained some new thoughts about what this special time means to me. I feel ready to participate in the Good Friday sorrow and then the Easter exuberance with the risen Christ.
About my friends, I can say that through my journey, you have been loving, encouraging and honest with me. Friendship is a most wonderful gift. I will treasure this time and be as good a friend in return as you have been to me. Very rewarding work — friendship!
When the thoughts and words wouldn’t come, I just waited until God gave some inspiration for a theme or subject. I learned that if I have patience and an open mind and heart, the thoughts and words that come after waiting, will be the best ones.
A sincere thank you to my readers. You have been part of my Lenten Journey. I hope your own Lenten Journey has been meaningful and special to you.
I want to share a prayer with you for Holy Week, written by Girolamo Savanarola, Italy, 15th century
WE PRAY NOT FOR TRANQUILITY
NOR THAT OUR
TRIBULATIONS MAY CEASE
FOR THY SPIRIT
AND THY LOVE
THAT THOU GRANT US
STRENGTH AND GRACE
TO OVERCOME ADVERSITY
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST