Who knew that our Live Lent Together Challenge would take on a whole new meaning just weeks into the Lenten season this year? When I think back to our last session (March 8th), I can’t help but to give God all the praise.
Instead of keeping a watchful eye on the clock to make sure we “covered” everything our team had planned to do during our time together, I was open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We took time to play, to laugh, to pray, to belong, and to connect — with each other and with Jesus — to Live Lent Together.
Now, I know it’s been a few weeks and to say a lot has happened since that time would be an understatement, but just take a moment and think about this challenge. We committed to applying all of the spiritual practices we learned this year (lectio divina, witness talks, praying with and for others, praise & worship, etc) as we journeyed through Lent with an accountability partner.
This was a way for us to stay connected outside of our faith formation sessions. The goal was to help us mature in our faith and give us confidence to live as a disciple of Christ even when we’re away from the parish (which even before this pandemic, was the majority of the time).
It’s ok if you haven’t had an opportunity to intentionally respond to this challenge. Who could blame you? I mean, really, in a matter of two weeks our lives have been turned upside down and all around; living in a time of social distancing, online schooling and virtual Masses.
Who knew how significant that challenge would be? I surely didn’t. But, guess what?
He knew what was to come. He knows everything and he is always in control. He loves us more than we can ever imagine and more than we will ever deserve.
So, where do we go from here? We continue the challenge because as we can see, this isn’t just a challenge for Lent, it’s how we are called to live our lives everyday of the year. Therefore, I encourage to keep coming back to this blog each week where we will be sharing more reflections specifically for middle schoolers by middle schoolers (and adults) to help you grow in your faith.
After you read the posts, we invite you to take a moment and prayerfully consider living out our parish mission by sharing your reflections in the comment section. Who knows how your words may bless someone else?
Actually, we already have the answer to that question, don’t we?
We continue to lift each of you and your families up in prayer and we look forward to a virtual Edge Connect Group reunion after Easter.
Rest assured, Jesus loves you and we do too!
Because of Him,
My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.