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April 8


We begin in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Today, a story:

"A friend sent me a Facebook message that read, "Ahhhh, I fell off the Lent-wagon!" Right now, the forty days of Lent are looking like a long dusty road with no water in sight. When is Easter?"

The Canadian Football League season is about 65 games. Every team has their share of slumps, injuries, and bad luck. So, what separates first from last? Usually, the answer lies somewhere in the realm of endurance. The winners endure the heat and cold, the sun and the rain and all that befalls them to achieve their goal of winning the Grey Cup.

Lent, too, is a long season. Its is a spiritual melting pot through which we endure prayer slumps, emotional injuries, and the bad timing of unfortunate events. And our goal is to endure, because "endurance produces character" (Romans 5:4a).  But it may not all that exciting sometimes, but we have the winning goal, and player, in sight.

If, somewhere in this season, you happen to fall off the Lenten-wagon, do not get all worked up over it! Our Holy Coach picks us up, dusts us off and tells us that tomorrow we have another game to play.

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen

We also especially pray for Canadian soldiers and families tomorrow on Vimy Ridge Day as we remember the terrible cost of war then – and now!

We continue our Lenten day in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit