As mentioned yesterday, this semester I contributed to our daily lenten reflection booklet at school. Below is the reflection I wrote for this Thursday after Ash Wednesday. If you would like to check them out each day, look here. Enjoy!
In the first reading, Moses instructs people to choose a life in the Lord. He says: “Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding His voice, and holding fast to Him. For that will mean life for you…” Moses clearly and directly speaks to the people. He challenges them to examine their own lives in Christ. He reminds them of the good that the Lord has promised their descendants.
In this Lenten season, think about your own life in Christ. Do you work to spread His good news? Do you follow in the footsteps of Christ? Do you turn toward Him during times of struggle and strife? Do you place your trust and hope in the Lord? Do you make a daily choice to turn your eyes, mind, and heart toward Him?
The Lord speaks to each and every one of us, even though sometimes we aren’t willing to listen. He guides us down the right path and carries us upon His back when we can no longer carry ourselves. The psalmist says: “Blessed are they that hope in the Lord.” Hope in the Lord that we may be renewed this Lenten season. Hope in the Lord who has planned a marvelous life for us. Hope in the Lord who gave His only Son because He loved us so very much.
O Lord, our God, help me to turn my eyes, mind, and heart toward You. Let me be consoled by You in times of despair and helplessness. Help me to spread Your good news. Guide me to the path that You have set forth for me. Help me to listen to Your voice, Lord. Amen.
Emily Carolin, ’16