“Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.” – William Newton Clark
“I believe in the sun even when it isn’t shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent.” – WW II refugee
Lent has just begun. For some this time of the year is business as usual. For some, it is an intense time of prayer and sacrifice. For me, it is both.
Each season has its own challenges and rewards. This holy season which the Church wisely treats with grave respect is an opportunity to remember the end point of my existence—to take some time to reflect on why I am here at this time, sharing the world with this particular generation. The sacrifices of meat and meals, of small hardships, accepted without obvious irritation, the offerings of kindness and goodwill, help me to practice the heroic aspects of my best self in preparation for my final end when everything will be made clear.
Do you remember Sunday nights as a kid when you realized that Monday was coming and that nothing you did or said could change that reality? The weekend was over. School was coming. For me, it was like a mini-death. As I remember, I was rather specific about my regrets. I think about that as I ponder the end of my earthly journey. I doubt I’ll be moaning that I wish I had eaten more, played more games, been a bit more selfish, or slept in more often.
My faith informs me that God exists, and He created me for a noble purpose. Lent is a time, despite all the hurry and bustle of over-filled days, to ponder how I am spending my life and what I might regret. In the final analysis, anything that draws me closer to God is a blessing, even if it is painful. Lenten faith does indeed dare the soul to go farther than it can see.
Books by A. K. Frailey
Historical Fiction & Science Fiction Blend Novels
OldEarth ARAM Encounter https://amzn.to/2KLhlsN
OldEarth Ishtar Encounter https://amzn.to/2OAkDQF
OldEarth Neb Encounter https://amzn.to/3iGqGlQ
OldEarth Georgios Encounter (In Production)
OldEarth Melchior Encounter (In Production)
Science Fiction Novels
Last of Her Kind http://amzn.to/2y1HJvg
Newearth: Justine Awakens http://amzn.to/2pq0vWN
It Might Have Been—And Other Short Stories https://amzn.to/2XXdDDz
Encounter Science Fiction Short Stories & Novella https://amzn.to/3dq6q5l
My Road Goes Ever On—Spiritual Being, Human Journey https://amzn.to/2KvF3Ll
The Road Goes Ever On—A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings https://amzn.to/3rtAy6S
The Adventures of Tally-Ho http://amzn.to/2sLfcI5