This time of Lent is a great chance to allow the external circumstances to take their proper place in the list of reasons we seek God and develop a relationship with him. Often, we are impulsive and allow the outcomes of each day to go on without a chance to partition time or head space to bring it all before the Lord. Each morning we go off the day before as far as unresolved grief, frustration, or temptation. Before we know it, the imaginary balloon we blow all these ill feelings or realities isolated from God explodes because of a small detail our life cannot take. From this relationships are strained, our bodies endure the higher levels of stress hormones, and we drift further away from our first love, God himself.
My concern for the Church stems from the obvious reasons we all have pressures and internal struggles that conflate our perspectives into one large mass that has us twisting in the wind of perception or even unbelief in the work of God's grace. This is where I seek to encourage you to take simple steps to encounter the Lord in the midst or at the end of your day to day walk. So many items have changed for us as of late, but the Lord is "everlasting to everlasting".
Recently, I was able to have a conversation with a dear Church member of ours and in their recent challenges, they knew how important it is to be connected to the Lord and the body of Christ. They loosely gave the phrase "Glory to Glory" (“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NASB).)
What a hope it is that we can seek to reach towards the eternal glory of heaven while experiencing a refreshed glory of redemption, sanctification, and deepening maturity.
My hope is I can be more practical in my support to you, the Church in this time by offering tools and ideas that serve my growth and ability to regain peace after times of frustration. The "Prayer of Examen" is one that can benefit us daily, should we dare seek to build intimacy with the Lord. My hope is that is a daily pursuit for you no matter what the circumstances look like.
Either View the image or download the .pdf to read. May it be an exercise with great outcomes for you no matter the circumstances. He is faithful to us, all our lives.
Keep Looking Up,