A journey to the cross lies before you.
Will you go?
Preparation is part of the journey.
What you will take with you?
Which way will you go?
Who will join you?
Rest assured, God will be with you on your way.
“And when you fast, don’t put on a sad face like the hypocrites. They distort their faces so people will know they are fasting. I assure you that they have their reward. When you fast, brush your hair and wash your face. Then you won’t look like you are fasting to people, but only to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
In high school I was dumped by my boyfriend. It really did hurt, and I was sad, but I put on an extra special sob-show for my friends and family seeking their comfort and attention. I carried tissues around for weeks, wore sweatpants and a ponytail, anything that might give the impression that I was hurting so others would feel bad for me. I’d receive their kindness in the form of hugs or sharing french fries. Today's Ash Wednesday, and you might be thinking about starting a fast for Lent. Just remember: when we fast, giving up something to grow closer to God, we have no need to make a big show about it. The Lord sees our hearts. God knows if we are struggling. In going to God in our struggle, we grow closer to God. Putting on a big personal pity party for our family and friends won’t accomplish this goal. We might receive some sympathy from them, but just imagine what more God will provide!
All-knowing Lord, you are my comfort and my peace. Thank you for the ways you provide for my needs and wants. Help me to rely on you. Amen.