doesn’t always work the way you want it to. No siree.
I wanted to post something inspiring about Lent and our Lenten journey. I’ve been pondering this for over a week unable to think of one inspiring thing to write about. It finally occurred to me that I didn’t have anything inspiring to say.
We’re living in a world gone bonkers, and are not equipped with a sense of exactly how to fix anything (if it’s even possible at this point). I don’t know how this makes you feel, but it leaves me feeling helpless and despairing of any real solutions.
I can conquer the despairing part, since it’s a sin against the Virtue of Hope to not trust in the Lord. The other sin against Hope is presumption, the attitude that states; “I can do this by myself without the help of God.”
But what about the helpless part? It seems to be a close cousin of despair. In just the last few days, we have been inundated with a super big helping of stuff we can’t do anything about. Netanyahu warns us about the impending disaster of Iran building a bomb (I agree), we’re witnessing the wholesale slaughter of Christians in the Middle East, Hillary Clinton using her own account for government emails, and Obama wanting to raise taxes through executive order.
The forty days of Lent coincide with the forty days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying before beginning his public ministry. The devil did his best to tempt Him:
The temptation of Jesus in the desert shows us the tactics of the “Dark Lord.” Bread, a symbol for all that sustains our physical life, is a great blessing. But Satan tries to make material things the ultimate, distracting us from a deeper hunger and a more satisfying food. Political power and all leadership is intended by God for the sake of serving the common good; Satan twists things to make leaders self-seeking, oppressive tyrants like himself. The lust for power and fame ironically leads not to dominion but to slavery to the Dark Lord (remember what happened to the Nazgûl in the Lord of the Rings!). Then there’s religious temptation, the trickiest of them all– Manipulating God for our own glory, using his gifts to make people look at us rather than at Him. Sounds a lot like the Pharisees. source
It seems like we’ve been living in a perpetual Lent since our current administration came into power. In some respects we have.
My solution is to spend this Lent telling myself that there is a whole bunch of stuff I can’t fix. All I can do is let God sort it out and place my trust in the One who loves us most, and follow His example through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
A Word About Comments:
I’ve long had an uneasy relationship with WordPress. Okay – time for truth. WordPress hates me with a hate that burns so hot it could well melt the earth. It goes on periodic tantrums and refuses to allow me to log on or leave comments at WordPress sites. Then, for no apparent reason, it once again leaves me alone. Talk about feeling helpless!
I’m a big believer in answering comments left on my posts. I figure if someone is nice enough to leave a comment, I should honor them with a response. I was unable to do that with my last few posts. In time I will get this straightened out.
In the meantime, please know that I read your comments and appreciate them.