Within the last few years my adult daughter has started writing in a journal, and I am often the recipient of some of her musings (advice?) on her not so perfect mother. The latest text I received, from an unknown author, was “in the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of the things not meant for you”. I thought it was so appropriate for the Lenten season when many of us “give up” something for Lent. Why do we do that? I think I always did it because that’s what we always did.
We are so busy we often forget to focus on the ultimate price Christ paid for our salvation – am I really worthy of that? By gracefully (sometimes, not so much) letting go of a habit or distraction we are given yet another opportunity to reflect on how better to live out our lives according to the message of love, compassion, caring and hope that Jesus taught. Over the years I have come to look at this as a “spring cleaning” of sorts and a time to prepare for the wonderful celebration of Easter.
Heavenly Father, let us always be mindful of your journey to the cross and the forgiveness and eternal life we have received because of your Grace. Amen!
This month’s devotion is written by Mary Wobig, a member of Sheridan’s Women’s Ministry Team, encouraging women to know, love, and serve God.