I’ve noticed over the years of conversation with girlfriends and some periods of self-reﬂection that with too much self-neglect, the inevitable begins to happen: The proverbial well becomes dry.
When I neglect the woman God created, the acts of service I perform for others start to become an impossible law I have written but don’t have the faculty to follow. As women, we do this too often. We over-give and don’t take time to ﬁll ourselves back up.
Fortunately, as Christians, we have a path that leads back to God’s deep love and care. We are alone in our quiet petition before the Eucharist.
I considered Christ’s 40 days alone in the desert in prayer, reflection and silence, and I saw the need for all of us to allow for these moments as well.
This message is an excerpt from “Love yourself, love the world” by Leslie Klipsch in the March 2017 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the first Sunday in Lent. The readings are Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11.