(Writer’s note: Please note that this post was written on Monday, February 10, 2020, before I practiced my Lenten observance, one of which is being absent on social media, but the message remains relevant, especially in our current situation)
Here’s a riddle for all of you, my dear readers, what shines brighter than anything during the darkest nights? What helps shine light in this dark world? In the face of death, heartache and loss, what helps us deal with it with more strength than even we ourselves know we have?
The answer is faith. It may seem redundant, considering that this segment is called Letters for Lent, but when people lose it, it can be hard to know that faith can do a lot in the heat of the moment.
It can feel like nothing else matters, except you and your emotions, when dark times come upon you, as they will from time to time.
The important thing to know is that what troubles, hurdles and pitfalls we daily deal with is that it’s only temporary. If anything, countless songs have been made over the years that can make you feel like you can relate to the singer, it was the way it was with Billy Joel’s You’re Only Human (Second Wind) in my life, as the opening lyrics show, the link is here: https://www.billyjoel.com/song/youre-only-human-second-wind-2/
You’re having a hard time and lately you don’t feel so good
You’re getting a bad reputation in your neighborhood
It’s alright, it’s alright
Sometimes that’s what it takes
You’re only human, you’re allowed to make your share of mistakes
Recent events in my life have given me a reason to keep the faith, even in the darkest times (and there will be there, then as now) but all I can do is try to keep the faith as best as I can. I know it’ll be hard to do in the moment, but it can be done.
So, keep the faith, stay strong and, as always…