At the beginning of this Lenten season, I was exhausted. I started on Ash Wednesday, preaching the word for the people and myself. As I ministered and walked with my parishioners, I wondered when I would have a chance to be still and reflect.
And then I realized that I had to intentionally set aside time for myself and then use this time to reflect more deeply on the sacrifice Jesus made for me and for us. It is in these 40 days that I regain time, stillness and self-care, looking past the busyness. I look for joy in the hustle and bustle of life. It is in these 40 days that I slow down my pace and regain time to breathe and reflect.
During Lent, we are called to remove the distractions in our lives and focus on what really matters. We get to focus on what it means to be a child of God.
This message is an excerpt from “Finding stillness” by Ralen M. Robinson in the April 2019 issue of Cafe. Today is the second Sunday in Lent, International Women’s Day, and the first day of Daylight Saving Time.