Filled with hope and the light of Christ

March 29, 2021

Isaiah 42:1-9 | Hebrews 9:11-15 | John 12:1-11 | Psalm 36:5-11

Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace.

What does walking in the way of the cross mean to you? To me it means trying every day to be engaged in life and trying to be the best that I can be. This does not mean I than am successful in everything I attempt to do. It does not mean that there are not obstacles, heartbreak, or failures. 

This year there has been filled with challenges, disappointments, isolation, and loss. I believe that some lost their faith, and some became stronger in their faith. 

During Lent some give up doing or eating certain things and some may do what I like to do. I try to add something to my life which I think well help me become a better person. So, this year for Lent, I tried to think of one positive thing that happened during my day and focus on that as I drifted to sleep. Some days I must admit it was difficult to think of something positive that happened. Some days it was that I was going to bed and it was the best part of the day. I admit some days I was so disheartened I could not think of a single thing until I got a hug or two good night. During this past year, I have definitely learned to appreciate the small everyday things more. 

Walking in the way of the cross does not mean we will not have to endure pain or sadness, but it means to trust in God and know he is with us every step of the way. It means we try out best every day to be a good person and follow Jesus’s way to the best of our ability in whatever moment we are experiencing, whether good or bad. So, at the end of the night as we lay our head on the pillow, we find some peace and the way of life filled with hope and the light of Christ.

Anna Pilkington