It is important during Great Lent, and every day in truth, to focus on preparing our soul to meet the Lord. Let’s face it, Great Lent is about as intense a spiritual workout we could expect, and as we approach the last few days, we’re tired. We feel blessed, but we’re tired. Being tired unfortunately tends to shorten our fuse, and we more easily get frustrated with others, but that would be a tragedy.
As today’s reading from Isaiah opens, God has given us a slight to the nations. It helps us understand that we are a light to others, or at least we are supposed to be. So, the message of today’s Daily Lenten Journey is simple. When you encounter others, rather than making Great Lent ‘just about’ fasting, share that this is time for us to rededicate our lives to God. It is a time we set aside each year to refocus our priorities on God. It is a time we slow down in our daily lives to appreciate the blessings that God has give to us. If you share these beautiful aspects of Great Lent, your life will be attractive to others.
Being a light to others means that you know the way out of the darkness. We know the world has been taken over by darkness, but we also know the Light has conquered the darkness. In a little more than a week, we will sing “Come receive the Light,” and we will bring the light into our homes asking God to bless our homes again this year. Our Churches will be filled with light at the darkest moment of the night, symbolizing the presence of Christ to bring us home to heaven. Let’s spend the remaining time we have leading others to that same light.
Thus says the LORD: "I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth." Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the servant of rulers: "Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you." Thus says the LORD: "In a time of favor I have answered you, in a day of salvation I have helped you; I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages; saying to the prisoners, 'Come forth,' to those who are in darkness, 'Appear.' They shall feed along the ways, on all bare heights shall be their pasture; they shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall smite them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them. – Isaiah 49.6-10