|A Prayer Diary||
The mixture of sorrow and joy is so powerful that we cannot figure out how to handle it all, let alone assess how our fellow spiritual seekers are doing. The diversity of feelings can be overwhelming. And yet, in those moments when we sense the presence of God, we surrender to him, truly willing to be with him, with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength.
Julian of Norwich (1343–c. 1416)
The Easter of the soul is not riot and drunkenness of spirit, but a discovery of order—above all, order—a discovery of God and all things in him.
Everyone who has ever lived, who will ever live, will someday undergo a Holy Saturday of their own. Someday we will all know the power of overwhelming loss when life as we know it changes, when all hope dies in midflight. Then, and only then, can we begin to understand the purpose of Holy Saturday.
When you face problems in life, don’t ask God to take them away. On this Holy Maundy Thursday, ask Him to show His purpose, ask ways how to live a day searching His purpose for you.
On this day in this Holy Week, you have the power to decide what this day means to you.
It is true that God stands with God’s people through every trial, but not so that they will sit comfortably with the privilege of apparent divine favor.
Rev. Stephanie Spellers, quoted in www.cac.org
The reason Lent is so long is that this path to the truth of oneself is long and snagged with thorns, and at the very end one stands alone before the broken body crowned with thorns upon the cross.