I confess: There are times when I’ve tried to settle into prayer and meditation but random thoughts keep popping up. Of course, I forgive myself, as I fully expect that our loving God forgives and understands. As busy as I am, isn’t God busier?
Lent, the liturgical season devoted to reflection on what our baptism means–our commitment to our faith and to the example of Jesus’ love and sacrifice–asks us to drink deeply from the cup that Jesus himself asked to be taken from him in Luke 22:42.
We go through these 40 days and we’re compelled to look at that chalice, and while we’re not expected to drink it down, we’re asked to take a sip–to taste the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
This Lenten season, I’m going to do my best to drink from that cup–to stay hydrated in all the pain and glory and love that our Savior knew. Maybe it takes Lent to remind me how dry I am.
This message is an excerpt from “Faith reflections: Lent, a time to rehydrate” by Karen Craigo in a January 2017 issue of Cafe.