Here we are at Holy Week, and I feel like I have not really celebrated this time of renewal. Then I look back at the person I was before Lent started, and I find that I am not only different, but I am exactly where God wants me to be. Each year I am asked to set aside old hurts to be healed by the Lord. Each year I come out of my proverbial cocoon a little lighter, a little freer, than I was before. This year is no different.
What marks this year as a memorable something is the rampant illnesses my family has fought through. The best word to describe it is ridiculous! We have had so many sick days, I have lost count of the school activities, field trips and fun we have lost. "So, what did you give up for Lent?" "Let's see ... we gave up school, fun, health, and well-being. How about you?" "Oh, I gave up sweets."
Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the grasp of the dogs. Save me from the lion's mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen. I will proclaim Your Name to my family; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You. Psalm 22: 21-23