This week in my morning drive to work my eyes were drawn as always to the river and I noticed how the ice was breaking open. It reminded me that perhaps that is what we all need this Lent; to be broken open like the ice on the river. We tend to go about our days in a routine that we have filled to capacity and yet we long for more time with God. I am sure many of us have had days when we wondered where God was in our life, does God even know we exist? Through our shared faith in Jesus Christ we know for certain that God not only knows we exist, but has a plan for each and every one of us. We, however, are the ones who become so entrenched in the rush of life that God seems to take a back seat.
The beauty of the Mississippi River that is so near to all of us can serve as a metaphor of God’s love. We were baptized by the life-giving water that flows endlessly washing us clean of our sin. The power of movement in the river is a reminder of the power of God in our lives, everpresent and constant, it carries us through life. The ice that covers it as the
weather turns colder might be what happens when we turn a cold shoulder to God. Yet, just as we know the movement of the river continues beneath the ice, God’s love for us continues as well. God is always there providing a warm and inviting love that breaks away all obstacles so that we
might experience the joy of returning to him with all our heart.
That breaking open of the ice on the river is a sign of hope of the sun brings forth the budding of the trees and the flowers breaking soil once again. Then, blessed by God, we will witness new life not only in our surroundings, but within.
Let us turn our hearts toward God this Lent that we might experience with joy that time when the ice is dissolved, the water of life is flowing freely and all things are made new in the Risen Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed week,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC