As March begins and the first day of LENT is upon us, I would like to spend this season not only as a time of fasting, but as a time of reflection.
When I consider the 40 days leading up the death of Jesus, one of the first thoughts I have is: how could Jesus, knowing what was in store for him, continue walking down the path that led him to his eventual death?
This is why my first reflection on LENT is COURAGE.
C.S. Lewis put it most succinctly with these words:
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
Or as a pastor once said memorably in a sermon, “Where courage is not, no other virtue can occur except by accident”.
As I was contemplating the immense courage and bravery it must have taken Jesus to walk down that road, I also thought of all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others. Those who have suffered through conflicts and have even offered up their lives for the greater good… How did they do it? How did they make the choice to put the needs of others ahead of their own?
For some of us, every day requires a bit of courage; sometimes we even struggle to get out of bed. I want you to know that you are not alone. We are all fighting the same battle and we all need courage to face some days. When you think of your future and when you feel afraid, remind yourself that others have been right where you are. Remember that God does not forsake us and he will supply us with our needs, with the strength and courage we may need to face our circumstances.
I leave you with this verse:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your GOD. I will strengthen you and help you.
DAILY PRAYER: Lord, give us courage when we cannot find our way. Help us to face our fears and worries with courage, trusting that YOU have the perfect plan for us. Amen.