Navigating the Wilderness
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 Here we are in the fourth week of the season of Lent and in the whole scheme of the season it’s kind of like a hump week. We started out perhaps thinking of ways in which we can face the wilderness that is in our own lives; the things we feel are tempting us and pulling us away from God. We’ve identified perhaps some emotions, distractions or fears that we want to face that may be keeping us from seeing God’s purpose in our lives, or may be keeping us from seeing God altogether. Initially we begin stumbling. As we become more committed to the change, generally by the fourth week we realize that we are catching ourselves, and we are more conscious of what it is we have either let go of or have added in our lives – in order that we may experience a true change in our relationship with God. One of the goals in Lent is basically to get to the other side of that wilderness. Once you are there the challenge is to stop going back across. As we are midway through the season of Lent, hold to the faith that ours is a journey not meant to walk alone. Together, the strength we have in the one bread that is Christ will sustain us and carry us through.