Christ gives us what we need to face the turbulence around us – and that rarely includes taking the turbulence away.
In spite of my own struggles with, and questions about, the Church, I’ve found reasons to stay. It’s a choice, every single time. And it’s a choice all of us face at some point or another.
At 12, I never thought I’d learn so much from climbing a mountain for a few hours. And now, I look back on that experience and see so much more than I ever could have back then.
Mourning, of course, is a process of healing. It’s odd, but processes that help us heal are always uncomfortable and painful. Yet, over time, they prove themselves to be extremely effective. A time of mourning can also be these three things: a time of solemnity, a time of fasting, and a time of prayer.
Maybe right now we don’t feel like we can rejoice. That’s okay. But instead of rejoicing, we can still “be of good comfort.” Our dear Father in Heaven is still there. He’s still listening to us.
How many times in the scriptures are the words “Fear not” spoken by Jesus Christ? He speaks it like it’s a simple thing, like there’s an On/Off switch that can stop the fear we feel. So is He wrong? Or can it really be as simple as Christ makes it sound?
The way we think can be very different from how God thinks. We face challenges in our lives and wonder how God could punish us with those difficulties. God, on the other hand, understands how those challenges will actually benefit us.
Christ may not come when we expect Him. He may not do what we think He should do. But if we learn anything from Easter, it’s that He does come to bring hope and salvation.
There are things we can do to receive blessings from God, but sometimes waiting is the right move.
It was a dark and stormy night… Sorry, I know it’s cliche, but it actually was. The little ship had set out before the storm or nighttime hit, and now everyone aboard cowered as the storm fought brutally with the sea around them, probably wishing they had never left dry land. Well, not everyone cowered. […]