We are in the final week of Lent, this period of forty days in the church leading up to Easter. Lent is often characterized as a season of wandering and waiting. The church invites us to sit in this season and reflect on our need for God. Reflect on our finitude and our inability to do it fully on our own.
I don’t know about you, but I’m over Lent and ready for Easter. It’s felt like it’s been longer than forty days. I’m anxious for the hallelujahs to return and to make it to the triumphant ending of the story.
Isn’t that the way life is sometimes? We are anxious to get to the end of the story when it all comes together. We’ve felt lost for too long and want the wandering and waiting to end.
When Good Friday comes and we reflect on the death of Jesus, the darkness may feel too real to us. Perhaps you know pain, sadness, and defeat intimately too intimately.
This year, more than ever, I’ve needed to remember the end of the story – that Lent doesn’t last forever. Hope is coming.
Maybe you’re in a season that has been hard for you. Where the darkness and pain have felt too real. And it’s felt like it’s lasted too long. I’m not trying to rush us past feeling those things. They help us not feel alone. But sometimes we need the reminder that it won’t last.
The darkness does not win.
Remember, we know God’s whole story.
If you’re in a season of darkness where you know pain and sadness intimately, know that you are not alone. If you want someone to journey with you, feel free to reach out and book an individual session for in-person or telehealth counseling. Together we can reflect on the pain while inspiring growth through the cracks of life.