I’d like to share with you that the past six weeks have been enormously moving and transformational for me. Giving myself the opportunity to write about my spiritual journey through Lent has renewed my faith in surprising ways. Thank you for listening and for giving me the chance to reflect on God’s faithfulness in my life and how it all connects back to the cross.
Here is a summary of what I have taken away from my Lenten study (Adam Hamilton’s Final Words from the Cross):
1. Forgiveness is essential. It is essential for love, for health, and for life. Jesus forgave 2,000 years ago, He forgives us today, and He wants us to forgive others and ourselves.
“Father, forgive them.” (Luke 23:34)
2. Paradise is real. He invites us all (That’s right. All. Every single one) to join Him in Paradise.
“Surely, I tell you. Today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
3. Community holds us together. He expects us to take care of each other, and not just those like us, but also those in need. And not just those we think deserve it, but anyone in need. The Kingdom of God is supposed to start here on Earth. Right now!
“Behold your son!… Behold your mother!” (John 19:26-27)
4. Relationship with Him is something for which we are created to crave, and He passionately craves this relationship with us as well.
“I thirst.” (John 19:28)
5. Cry out to God however you need to in times of need. Life is tough, and He can take it. He wants to take our burdens. He’s in that business, you know.
“My God, My God. Why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)
6. Surrender your burdens, your life to Him, and you will be free. You will know what it is like to be absolutely loved and taken care of.
“It is finished.” … “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (John 19:30; Luke 23:46)
The first five weeks of my Lenten study revealed truths about my past, and I’m realizing that the final week revealed truths about my present. I think that is why it has taken me a bit longer to write this as I have been processing it all. I have recognized over the past few days that I need to truly surrender my burdens and follow Him. I need to let go of my fears and simply trust. As you can see, my sons, I’m still learning and growing. We all are.
Anyway, Happy Easter (a bit late)! He is risen! The Lamb has overcome!
All my love,