Lent... The journey
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
~ 2 Corinthians 8:8
The day began with my traditional "Hump Day," ninety minute commute to my office. I sipped my coffee as I traveled along the Gulf Freeway Express Lane that I managed to time "just right," to enter. If I had been just a minute earlier, it would have been closed to my single-driver status, then I would have found myself hitting the beltway, and adding more miles and time to my drive.
So much of my day is about listening to people share about the time that they, "have left." I think that we all become more aware of time as we grow older, even though it seems to simply pass by so quickly. I know that as a youth the days consisted of the same number of hours as there are today, but the days just seem to have lasted longer. Maybe it was the days spent following the creek bed, exploring what was under the next large rock? Perhaps it was because the day started early with feeding of the animals on the farm, often followed by time spent walking back beyond our barn into the woods? Or the hours that I would simply spend with friends until the sound of the old bell outside our back door would sound, letting us know it was time to head home.
The days just seem to be so short now.
I'm making the commute home, often along the same route that I took just that morning to head into the city. I have to be careful not to allow my thoughts to override my view of the road ahead. I guess at any time I might find myself asking, "Where am I going?"
Our journeys are part of God's sending us into the world. I love the Thomas Merton prayer that begins, "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end, nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you."
While we may not know what each day may bring, we can however, support one another along the way. Each of us have been sent with the same purpose. To love God while loving one another. Reaching the end of the day, or at the end of our life's journey, at a place where this love exists, makes each day worthwhile.
While you journey today, know the love of God while remaining in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.