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It will be forty long days and nights before we can rise from the ashes of this day to the bright dawn of Easter.  Lent has begun.  It is fitting, I think to myself, because I am in a season of longing.

I am longing…

for warmer days.

for growth in the garden.

for time  alone  with my husband.  (Funny how two people can live together, but miss each other.)

for life to push up through the ground (physically and metaphorically).

for time spent well with family and friends.

for renewal…

For too long, I have been isolated, tucked away, hunkered down, cozied up, or snowed in for winter.  I am longing to feel connected. 

I am not alone in my longing.  At times, it seems to me as if all of humankind is longing.  It is palpable.  Fifteen minutes of television watching, internet surfing or social networking is enough to confirm that people, by and large, are aching, trying in vain to be sated by anything and everything – except what would finally feed us.

We crave.  We demand.  We beg.  We lust.  We just want something to fill the gaping hole in our souls.

Lord, I whisper, please… breathe new life into me.  I want to feel alive again.

I am assured that spring follows winter.  Life follows death.  Seasons of longing are just that – seasons.  The ashes of Lent will blow away, and a new light will spread over the horizon as Easter dawns. 

Longing will be no more.

We wait.  We hope.  We believe.  And we will, at last, be renewed.

 morning glory

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31, KJV)

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