For me, the season of Lent is a lot about abidance. We endure in our Lenten disciplines, and reflect on God’s enduring love for us even in our brokenness, even in a chaotic world. One of my favorite hymns is “Abide with Me”:
Swift to close its ebbs out life’s little day;
earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away.
Change and decay in all around I see.
O Lord who changes not, abide with me.
Uncertainty in life is inevitable – in our relationships, studies, and careers. In our current political climate, this uncertainty feels perhaps more pervasive now than it has in recent history. I find myself confronted with it as I prepare to graduate from NYU. We cannot even be sure that earthly joys will last. That said, the season of Lent reminds me of one aspect of my life in which I do not have to safeguard myself from uncertainty: my relationship with Jesus. I invite you to join me in thanking God for this assurance:
I thank You for your steadfast and consistent love, and for walking alongside me in this season of Lent and in all of my days. I thank You for remaining the same throughout time. In my abidance through life’s uncertainties, make me stronger, kinder, wiser. Make me into a person who can more abundantly give love to others as You have given love to me. Make me into a person who can gracefully receive love. Make my heart and soul a space of Your holy peace in a tumultuous world, so I might share with others Your changeless love.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
College of Arts and Sciences ’17