In times of darkness

Who could have predicted that our journey through Lent this year would be more of a participation in carrying the cross of Christ than perhaps ever before? I think of the uncertainty and fear of those first disciples as they experienced the growing antagonism toward Jesus by his own people, not knowing how it would all end.

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I think of how the disciples huddled together indoors after the death of Jesus, fearful of what might happen to them. Would they too face a sudden and violent end? In our uncertain times we too are facing so many uncertainties as we look to the future.

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It’s more important than ever that we don’t end the story of Jesus or the first disciples in their dark moment. There is much more. There is light after the darkness. Our challenge is to keep that light before us, to use the quiet time we have to bask in the light of Christ, to take it in, to experience again the love of Christ for us, to be grateful, and to give back.

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In my photography these days, I am trying to focus on the beauty I see in the world as a reminder that life wins out in the end. Spring is beginning to push up from the earth. It’s a positive focus that I find is helpful and translates to other areas, as I navigate all that is going on these days. Stay healthy!

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“I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction. (Psalm 31:7)

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