Is it just me or do others experience this: time just flies by! Not only did we ‘spring’ forward an hour, I think we jumped into the middle of March, and I can’t remember where the first part went! Oh well; time marches on, and so must we.
It is already the second and almost third week of Lent. How are things going? In one of my readings, the author called Sundays “Ketchup Sundays”. The original idea was that Sunday should be a sabbath day, a time when we can gather with family or friends and enjoy the day. Sometimes, I think that we busy Americans use Sunday as a second Saturday, and continue running errands, shopping, mowing the lawn, cleaning, and so on, only to start the week all over again. The fact of the matter is that we are all busy, but how do I prioritize what I need to do, want to do, and must do?
I am certainly in that mix. My Sundays can become very full, leaving little special time with others or myself. Lent is a time that helps us remember that there is more to life than getting things done. It is important that we take the time to enrich our own spiritual life. It is the fuel that keeps our Christian life going.
Do you give yourself the time to refuel? Have you taken the time to fulfill the things you said you would do during Lent?
I must say that I have gone through my check list and I’m doing just okay. I guess I have had too many Ketchup Sundays! I think it is time to stop and listen to what God is saying to me and you. God tells me that He is a constant lover and will always be there for me, no matter what. It is like the readings about Sodom and Gomorrah and of Nineveh: all of these towns had choices to make. All had fallen into a bad relationship with God, and yet He still pursued them. The choice was theirs to make. We know how the stories end; they made their choices.
Well, I am working on my choices, and have come to realize that sometimes the actual Sunday may not be my Sabbath Day. For me, I need to look at my Thursday or Friday and spend some time with me and God, more than I can spend on other days. My challenge for you this week is to look at your Lenten resolutions and see what day your Sabbath Day can be. It may be a few hours, but it would be making the choice to do that for yourself to deepen your relationship with God, yourself, and others.
May your week be filled with wonderful choices and blessings – that is what why we were created! Bring those blessings to the world, for it is in GREAT NEED. Please keep in prayer our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.
Till next week,